We are full on in April and we have to mention that it is Alcohol Awareness Month. The goal of this commemorative month is to increase public awareness, public understanding and to get people the drug rehab that they need for this illness.
NCADD is the sponsor of the month and have themed this year’s commemoration, “For the Health of It: Early Education on Alcoholism and Addiction,” they will be sponsoring events all over the place in many different communities. Having education geared toward a younger audience gives them a better understand of the illness that alcoholism can bring into their lives.
Children and teens using alcohol is awful for their growing bodies and their communities. The activities leads to a host of risky behavior.
It’s easy to forget that drinking can result in death. Here are some stats from the NIAAA:
- Death: 1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die each year from alcohol-related unintentional injuries.
- Assault: More than 690,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking.
- Sexual Abuse: More than 97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape.
- Injury: 599,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 receive unintentional injuries while under the influence of alcohol.
Right now alcohol is the number one drug of choice for America’s youth.
Reducing underage drinking is critical to securing a healthy future for America’s youth and requires a cooperative effort from parents, schools, community organizations, business leaders, government agencies, the entertainment industry, alcohol manufacturers/retailers and young people themselves. Getting our children that need help into drug rehab is helpful as well.
What should possibly frighten us most is that when listing the detrimental effects, I am not referring to long-term alcohol addiction (although binge drinking can be closely related or intertwined within addiction). Just imagine how prominent the life-threatening effects become after binge drinking is sustained over a long period of time, most likely resulting in addiction and possibly death. This is why education is so vital as soon as possible for our kids and teens. For adults that struggle with alcohol consumption and addiction, education is also important but getting professional treatment and rehabilitation may be the only way to achieve sobriety.
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