April is Alcohol Awareness Month


It is April, and that means it is also Alcohol Awareness Month.  This month was designated Alcohol Awareness month in 1987 by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD).  This was done with the hope of helping reduce the stigma that people with substance abuse problems (and their loved ones) face and thereby making it easier to step forward and receive treatment.  This year’s theme is “Help for today. Hope for tomorrow”, which speaks to why it is important to address this issue on many levels.


Like other diseases, alcoholism and drug dependence can be overcome with proper treatment, prevention and more research.  Millions of people achieve recovery.  By increasing access to care, the costly toll on society and the burden it places on families can be reduced.


Research shows conclusively that successful prevention and treatment leads to reductions in traffic fatalities, crime, unwanted pregnancy, child abuse, HIV, cancer and heart disease.  Treatment reduces drug use, improves health, improves job performance, reduces involvement with the criminal justice system, reduces family dysfunction and improves quality of life. Treatment of addiction is as successful as treatment of other chronic diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension and asthma.


Remember that the youth in Tompkins County (and all areas) are our future and we need to make the best choices to ensure that they all have the best future possible.  It is also important for everyone to know that recovery from addiction is possible and help is available.  Remember that where there is hope, there is help.  If you or someone you know is dealing with an alcohol or substance problem, seek out help- you can visit the NCADD website for more information.  (http://www.ncadd.org/)


Monthly Messages are brought to you by:

The Community Coalition for Healthy Youth

Each monthly message is provided by coalition board members. If you have further questions or comments about this message or would like information on how to become involved with the Community Coalition for Healthy Youth, please email ahendrix@tompkins-co.org

Thank you in advance for sharing this monthly message with your networks.

Community Coalition for Healthy Youth

320 W. State/MLK Jr. Street

Ithaca NY 14850




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