April is Alcohol Awareness Month, during which the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) aims to increase public awareness and understanding, reduce stigma and encourage local communities to focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues.
This year, the theme for the month is “For the Health of It: Early Education on Alcoholism and Addiction.” NCADD events will focus on educating people about the importance of early interventions, and the dangers of underaged drinking.
“Underage drinking is a complex issue,” says Andrew Pucher, President and Chief Executive Officer of NCADD, “one that can only be solved through a sustained and cooperative effort. As a nation, we need to wake up to the reality that for some, alcoholism and addiction develop at a young age and that intervention, treatment, and recovery support are essential for them and their families,” says Pucher. “We can’t afford to wait any longer.”
Local NCADD chapters will host events throughout the month. One of the most prominent is the Alcohol Free weekend, which challenges all Americans to spend April 3 to 5 without consuming alchohol.