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Friday, 20 April 2018 12:28

April Alcohol Awareness Month 2018

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The 2018 theme for April  Alcohol Awareness Month is "Changing Attitudes: It's not a simply a rite of passage," this is to draw attention to the many opportunities individuals, families, and communities have to educate young people on the dangers of alcohol use. 
We all too often forgive underage drinking as a "rite of passage." We have a few choices here, we can simply sit back and hope kids will "get through it," or we can change our attitude and take a more active role in learning about alcohol and drugs, and then help young people do the same. NCADD’s Network of Affiliates and other NCADD Alcohol Awareness Month supporting organizations across the country will use this theme as a way of addressing underage drinking through a broad range of media strategies, awareness campaigns, educational programs and local events. Uniquely positioned in communities across the country, NCADD and its network of local affiliates provide direct help and assistance to millions of individuals and families through education, prevention, intervention, information/referral, treatment and recovery support services. NCADD is often the first call people make when difficulties with alcoholism and drug dependence strike. They are suggesting an Alcohol-Free Weekend during April to raise public awareness about the use of alcohol and how it may be affecting families, individuals, schools, businesses and the communities in which we live. 
Here are some other interesting facts about alcohol that you really may not even be aware of:
 • Alcoholism has been around for 9,000 years! – According to Iain Gately’s "Drink: A Cultural History of Alcohol," one of the earliest traces of an alcoholic beverage was discovered in the Neolithic village of Jiahu in modern-day China. Archaeologists found traces of fermented grapes, hawthorn berries, honey and rice in jars dating back to as late as 7,000 B.C. Historical cultures all over the world discovered ways to ferment local sources of sugar, including fruit, grains and honey, to make a variety of intoxicating beverages.
•  Alcohol shortens lives by 2.5 million years annually – Alcohol is a major killer, shaving years off of American lives. It's the third leading cause of lifestyle-related death in the United States. About 88,000 deaths in the nation are attributes to excessive alcohol use. An average of 30 years of life is lost with each alcohol-related death. Leading alcohol-related deaths include liver disease, liver cirrhosis and traffic collisions.
• It costs America $224 billion annually - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that excessive alcohol use burdens our economy by hundreds of billions of dollars each year, or $1.90 for every single drink consumed. Lost revenue is in lowered productivity, where alcoholics and binge drinkers miss work or perform below their ability due to the effects of their drinking. Other burdens on the economy include the cost of health care and criminal justice spent on self-destructive and criminal behavior caused by alcohol.
• Alcohol is more damaging to women - While hard drinking is generally considered to be a man's thing, a women's  health experience is worse from heavy consumption. Due to differences in body size, body fat, enzymes and hormones, women's systems are hit harder by alcohol. Women are more likely than men to get liver disease and brain damage from drinking, and are much more likely  becoming the victims of sexual violence. Women are also less likely to seek treatment for alcoholism. Once in treatment, however, women have an equal chance of achieving recovery.
• Underage drinking is 11 percent of total drinking – The legal drinking age in the United States is 21, yet people below the age of 21 drink regularly. About 90 percent of those drinks are consumed during binge drinking sessions. This type of dangerous underage drinking causes about 189,000 emergency room visits each year.
 Remember too alcohol also impacts your weight loss in a big way, so if you are truly serious about losing your weight then abstain from drinking until you get to your goal. After that we suggest moderation.
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