Founded and sponsored by National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), Alcohol Awareness Month was established in 1987 to help reduce the stigma so often 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, it is estimated that as many as 20 million individuals and family members are living lives in recovery!
Alcohol Awareness Month provides a focused opportunity across America to increase awareness and understanding of alcoholism, its causes, effective treatment and recovery. It is an opportunity to decrease stigma and misunderstandings in order to dismantle the barriers to treatment and recovery, and thus, make seeking help more readily available to those who suffer from this disease.
Join NCADD and Designed Wellness in an Alcohol-Free Weekend
An integral part of NCADD Alcohol Awareness Month is to commit to an Alcohol-Free Weekend. This effort raises public awareness about the use of alcohol and how it may be affecting individuals, families, businesses and our communities. During an Alcohol-Free Weekend, NCADD extends an open invitation to all Americans to engage in three alcohol-free days. Those individuals or families who experience difficulty or discomfort in this 72-hour experiment are welcome to contact local NCADD affiliates, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Al-Anon to learn more about alcoholism and its early symptoms.
Designed Wellness has resources to assist you in reducing your alcohol consumption should you feel you need to. You can check out the following sites/resources for more information:
- Participate in a journey on your RedBrick Health account:
- Dial back the drinking
- Check out your company’s EAP for alcohol addition resources.
- Check out this quick activity: Small Steps Guide_Reducing Alcohol 1606