Alcohol Awareness Month

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Excessive drinking is responsible for more than 4,300 deaths among  underage youth each year. Alcohol continues to be the most commonly  used addictive substance in the United States. The National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence (NCADD) declared April Alcohol Awareness Month in 1987 to help reduce the stigma so often associated with alcoholism by encouraging communities to reach out  to the American public each April with information about alcohol, alcoholism and recovery.

This year’s theme is “Changing attitudes: It’s not a rite of passage.” Central Valley Health District wants parents to know that they play a crucial role in educating their children about the dangers of alcohol use. Research shows that kids who learn about the dangers of underage drinking from their parents are up to 50 percent less likely to experiment than kids who don’t.

DID YOU KNOW? Only 49.6% of students in grades 6th through 12th in our community report that they have talked with their parents recently about alcohol and other drugs.

Alcohol use and binge drinking is very much a part of the culture in North Dakota. While parents often forgive underage drinking as a “rite of passage,” they can change their attitude and take an active role in learning about alcohol and drugs and help their kids do the same. Talk to your kids. Engage in a conversation that matters! For advice and tips on talking to your kids about underage drinking, visit http://www.parentslead.org.

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