Sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD), Alcohol Awareness Month is celebrated each April since 1987. Created to increase public awareness and understanding, reduce stigma and encourage local communities to focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues 2018’s theme is: “Changing Attitudes: It’s not a ‘rite of passage.'” This theme opens an opportunity for parents to reinforce that using alcohol is not a ‘rite of passage.’ In fostering “changing attitudes” parents can help kids understand that drinking isn’t a way to feel or be independent, “cool,” or to fit in society. Young people can learn that alcohol is not necessary for having a good time and non-use of alcohol is a healthy and viable option. Also, we can learn to respect another person’s decision of not to drink alcohol.
April’s Alcohol Awareness Month is filled with local, state, and national events all aiming to educate people about the treatment and prevention of alcoholism, particularly among young people. These events also educate parents helping them understand the role they can play in giving their children a better understanding of the impact that alcohol can have on their lives.
During Alcohol Awareness Month local NCADD affiliates as well as schools, colleges, churches, and countless other community organizations sponsor a host activities related to alcohol use, abuse, and its consequences.
If you or your organization would like to plan and develop your own 2018 Alcohol Awareness Month events, NCADD every year prepares an Organizer’s Guide which you can download as a PDF on their website. Also, for a list of other organizations in the field and other resources please visit: https://www.ncadd.org
Dr. Balta is the Medical Director at FCR for more than 10 years. Dr. Balta is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine, Certified Psychoanalyst. As well, as having Psychiatric Training at The Albert Einstein School of Medicine Psychiatric Residency Program In New York City and Psychoanalytic Training at The William Alanson White Institute in New York City. While working in New York City, gained funding Grants for the treatment of Substance Abuse Disorders from SAMHSA , HRSA and the City of New York.