A big part of the work of Alcohol Awareness Month is to point out the stigma that still surrounds alcoholism and substance abuse in general. Alcohol Awareness Month gives public health bodies, community centers, and treatment facilities the chance to increase their efforts to reach people who may not fully understand the dangers of unhealthy alcohol consumption.
The NCADD provides campaigns to communities using social and traditional media to help bring awareness to alcoholism and its effects. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) underage drinking prevention campaigns explore tools for coalitions, parents and caregivers so they can start talking to their children early—as early as 9 years old—about the dangers of alcohol.
The launch of campaigns on social and traditional media during the month of April is to draw attention to the causes of alcoholism, the signs and effects of the condition, how to talk to a loved one about a drinking problem, and how to find treatment options.
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