April is Alcohol Awareness Month. Companion Benefit Alternatives (CBA)
and the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD)
encourage you to educate yourself and your loved ones about the dangers of drinking. Alcohol and drug use by young people is extremely dangerous, even for those who may never develop a dependence or addiction.
Helping Kids Understand How Alcohol Can Impact Their Lives
NCADD urges parents to take an active role in learning about alcohol and drugs. Young people who begin drinking before age 15 are four times more likely to develop alcohol dependence than those who begin drinking at age 21.
Parents, talk to your children
. If you drink, remember to set an ongoing healthy example for alcohol use. It can be daunting to talk to your children about drinking and drug use
, but it is well worth the effort. Research shows that kids who have conversations with their parents about the dangers of alcohol and drug use are 50 percent less likely to use these substances than those who don’t have such conversations.
If you are concerned about yourself, a friend or family member, help is available. NCADD
helps individuals and families deal with alcohol-related problems. It can connect you with a trained professional.
Alcoholism is a treatable disease. It is not a moral weakness. People can and do recover. Millions of individuals and family members are living lives in long-term recovery.