Every April since 1987, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) has worked to educate the public and reduce the stigma surrounding alcohol misuse and its related issues. Declared Alcohol Awareness Month, this year’s theme is “Talk Early, Talk Often: Parents Can Make a Difference in Teen Alcohol Use.”
Parents may fear talking with young people about how alcohol can impact their lives—or they may be in denial that their teen would ever drink to excess. Andrew Pucher, President and Chief Executive Officer of NCADD, urge parents to be vigilant in addressing substance abuse with their kids.
“Alcohol and drug use is very risky business for young people, and parents can make a difference. The longer children delay drinking and drug use, the less likely they are to develop any problems associated with it,” said Pucher. “That’s why it is so important to help your child make smart decisions about alcohol and drugs.”
When organizations, parents, and communities engage in focused conversations about chemical dependency, walls come down and those who once hid in the shadows of their addiction feel empowered to come forward and seek healing.
Young People & Substance Dependency
Alcohol misuse and addiction is directly connected to violence and suicide, traffic fatalities and injuries, overdose cases, sexual misconduct, and mental illness. NCADD asserts that alcohol use by young adults is especially problematic, since more than 23 million people over age 12 have a chemical dependency.
Research shows that children who discuss the dangers of substance misuse with their families are only half as likely to use and abuse alcohol or drugs than young people who do not have these types of discussions.
Get Help for Alcohol Addiction
Check the events schedule for your college, church, or local NCADD affiliate to locate an Alcohol Awareness Month celebration. If you or a loved one is struggling with alcoholism, click here to find an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting in your area.
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