April is Alcohol Awareness Month. Each year since 1987, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) has used this month as a time to raise awareness about the risks and treatment options available for alcoholism and excessive use of alcohol. At The Law Office of Timothy Armstrong, P.A., we are proud to help promote this extremely important cause.
This Year’s Theme
NCADD picks one particular area of focus each year to develop its theme for Alcohol Awareness Month. This year’s theme is, “For the Health of It: Early Education on Alcoholism and Addiction.” As the name suggests, NCADD has chosen to focus on raising awareness of the risks of underage drinking in 2015. As discussed on the organization’s website, “[a]dolescence is a time of heightened risk taking,” and alcohol kills more teens than all illegal drugs combined. Using alcohol puts teenagers at heightened risk for:
- Car accidents
- Sexual assaults
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) reports that 5,000 underage drinkers die each year as a direct result of alcohol-related incidents. Another 190,000 visit the emergency room for alcohol-related injuries. By educating teens on the dangers of alcohol consumption, we can all make a difference in helping to reduce these numbers.
Get Involved in Alcohol Awareness Month
NCADD’s website provides a wealth of information for individuals and families seeking to get involved in Alcohol Awareness Month. In addition, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has published a detailed toolkit and extensive list of resources for promoting awareness of alcohol-related issues. Some of their recommendations include:
- Encouraging friends and family members to be vigilant about monitoring their teens for alcohol use and limiting their own consumption of alcohol.
- Hosting or participating in a community event to raise awareness of the risks of alcohol consumption, or focusing on specific issues such as drinking and driving.
- Spreading the word about Alcohol Awareness Month on social media (DHHS’s toolkit has sample tweets, ecards, web badges, and resources to share online).
- Asking your doctor to talk to your children about the risks of underage alcohol use
For parents, educators, and community members who regularly interact with teens, the NIAAA also recommends watching for these warning signs:
- Changes in behavior or academic performance
- Loss of interest in hobbies and activities
- Hanging out with a different group of friends
- Depression and fatigue
- Finding alcohol among their personal belongings
These are all known to be indicators of potential alcohol abuse.
Contact The Law Office of Timothy Armstrong, P.A.
Attorney Tim Armstrong represents individuals who have been charged with driving under the influence (DUI) and other alcohol-related crimes. He also represents victims of alcohol-related accidents. To learn more about the risks of drinking and driving or consuming too much alcohol, call 904-356-8618 or contact The Law Office of Timothy Armstrong, P.A. online today.