Happy Alcohol Awareness month, everyone!
We love that just like cancer and other diseases, there’s a special month dedicated to alcohol awareness. Many avoid getting help for alcoholism because of the taboo that comes with such struggles… and the risk it places on the loss of loved ones, employment and integrity. However, according to Alcohol Awareness month founders, National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD)
Alcohol and alcoholism is a chronic, progressive disease, fatal if untreated, and genetically predisposed. The disease of alcoholism is a family disease that is treatable, not a moral weakness, from which people can and do recover. In fact, millions of individuals and family members are living lives in long-term recovery from alcoholism!
This month is all about encouraging education and triumph over alcohol struggles!
About Alcohol Abuse
Because this month is all about awareness of a disease that effects many American families, we thought it would be good to over the warning signs of alcohol abuse. Healthfinder.gov suggests going through some of the following questions to determine if your loved one is experiencing an alcohol struggle:
- Do you drink alone when you feel angry or sad?
- Does your drinking ever make you late for work?
- Does your drinking worry your family?
- Do you ever drink after telling yourself you won’t?
- Do you ever forget what you did while drinking?
- Do you get headaches or have a hangover after drinking?(
Alcohol Free Weekend: April 6-8, 2012
Not only is this upcoming weekend Easter weekend, but it’s also Alcohol-Free weekend. NCADD sets the first weekend of April as a “drink free” weekend each year to raise awareness of alcohol and its possible abuse. By going sober together, families, businesses and communities may discover how alcohol is impacting life. If anyone struggles with not having alcohol over the course of the weekend, help may be needed.
Alcohol Testing for Alcohol Abuse
Oftentimes employers, family and friends search for “proof” or ways to get help for their their loved one or employee struggling with alcohol. Alcohol testing is often a first step for opening the eyes of an alcoholic. It’s a long journey that can start with a small step. Or in this case, a small test.