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April is Alcohol Awareness Month

By on April 2, 2014
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Alcohol Awareness Month

Since 1987, the national council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (ncADD) has encouraged communities to focus awareness during April on alcoholism, which is a treatable, chronic disease from which people can recover, not a moral weakness.

The first weekend of the month is Alcohol Free Weekend, designed to highlight the
use of alcohol and how it may be affecting society and the individual drinker.
Contact: Robert lindsey | NCADD | 212.269.7797, ext. 19 | rlindsey@ncadd.org | www.ncadd.org

You can also take this quick quiz to assess for alcohol dependency.

Alcohol abuse is a pattern of drinking that results in harm to one’s health, including: 

  • Repeatedly Neglecting Responsibilities:  Because of drinking, repeatedly neglecting responsibilities at home, work, or school.  For example, neglecting the children, performing poorly at work, poor or failing grades in school, or skipping out on work, school, personal or social commitments because you’re hung over.
  • Alcohol Use in Dangerous Situations:  The use of alcohol in situations where it can be physically dangerous, such as drinking and driving, drinking in a bad neighborhood, mixing alcohol with prescription medication against the advice of your doctor or operating machinery while drinking.
  • Legal Problems Due to Drinking:  If, due to drinking, you are experiencing repeated legal problems.  For example, getting arrested for fights, drunk and disorderly conduct, domestic disputes, driving under the influence.
  • Continued Drinking Despite Relationship Problems:  Alcohol is causing or making problems worse in your relationships with your friends, family or spouse, and you continue to drink.  For example, fighting with your family because they don’t like how you act when you drink or going out and drinking with your buddies even though you know your wife will be very upset.
  • Drinking to De-Stress:  Many drinking problems start when people use alcohol to relieve stress.  Because alcohol is a sedative drug, over time, you will need more alcohol to have the same effect.  Getting drunk after a very stressful day more often, for example, or reaching for a bottle after you have an argument with boss, a friend or your spouse more frequently.

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Are you wondering if you have an addiction to alcohol?

Take this 26 question quiz, this simple self-test is intended to help you determine if you or someone you know needs to find out more about alcoholism.

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