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Do you or someone you know struggle with alcohol misuse? Now is the perfect time to get help

When’s the last time you went 72 hours without a drink of alcohol? If it’s been a while, now is the perfect time to give it a try.

April is Alcohol Awareness Month. Founded in 1987, it is a great opportunity to check in on your relationship with alcohol and learn more about the dangers alcohol abuse can lead to in our daily lives.

More people use alcohol in the United States regularly than any other addictive substance. More than half of all adults have a family history of alcoholism or problem drinking, and more than 7 million children live in a household where at least 1 parent is dependent on or has abused alcohol.

Talk to you kids

Children and teens learn behaviors from watching parents and other adults. You can shape your child’s attitude toward drinking.

Our 2023 Healthy Youth Survey shows:

  • 17% of 12th graders drank alcohol in the past 30 days.
  • 8% of 10th graders drank alcohol in the past 30 days.
  • 45% of 12th graders get their alcohol from the home with or without permission.
  • 50% of 10th graders get their alcohol from the home with or without permission.

Young people who start drinking before age 15 are more likely to experience:

  • School absences, failing grades, poor brain development, and social problems.
  • Legal trouble and alcohol-related motor-vehicle crashes.
  • Impaired judgment, poor concentration, and memory problems.
  • Misuse of other substances.
  • Mood changes and stress.
  • Alcohol problems later in life. 

As youth face challenges in their lives, it’s important for them to stay healthy and resilient. Families play the most important role in teaching kids the dangers of underage drinking, binge drinking and drunk driving.

Help spread awareness

Alcohol abuse and alcoholism can affect all aspects of your life. Long-term alcohol use can cause serious health complications, damage your emotional stability, finances, career, and affect your relationships with family, friends, and the community.

Some facts about alcohol:

  • About 88,000 deaths are attributed to excessive alcohol use every year.
  • Alcoholism is the 3rd leading lifestyle-related cause of death in the U.S.
  • Excessive alcohol use is responsible for 2.5 million years of potential life lost annually.
  • Up to 40% of all hospital beds in the U.S. not being used for births are used to treat health conditions related to alcohol consumption.

Get help!

Are you or someone you know struggling with substance use disorder? Or maybe you want to learn more ways to help youth?

You can help!

  • Wear a red ribbon this month to show your support and spark conversations.
  • Spend 72 hours without alcohol. This is often a first step for folks to realize they may need help.
  • Host an alcohol-free party.

Learn more with these helpful resources: