This April marks the 28th anniversary of Alcohol Awareness Month.
Established by The National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence, Alcohol Awareness Month helps reduce the stigma associated with alcoholism by encouraging communities to reach out to the American public each April with information about alcohol, alcoholism and recovery. Alcoholism is a chronic, progressive disease, genetically predisposed and fatal if untreated. However, people can and do recover. In fact, the NCADD estimates that as many as 20 million individuals and family members are living lives in recovery.
An integral part of Alcohol Awareness Month is Alcohol-Free Weekend, which takes place this coming weekend, April 4-6 to raise awareness about the use of alcohol and how it may be affecting individuals, families, businesses and our communities.
During Alcohol Free Weekend, the NACCD extends an open invitation for all to engage in three alcohol-free days. Those individuals of families who experience difficulty or discomfort in this seventy-two hour experiment are urged to contact NCADD affiliates, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or our local agency Marie Dwyer Recovery Center at 456-7694 or Preble County TASC at 456-3443 to learn more about alcoholism and its early symptoms. You may also go to our website at www.pcmhrb.org for more information and to take a free, anonymous online screening.