Celebrating Recovery as Part of Alcohol Awareness Month

When one considers the overall impact on health, family dynamics, academics and employment, the use, misuse and abuse of alcohol remains a major issue that still merits our full attention. As we approach Alcohol Awareness Month in April, I encourage all of you to address the harmful effects of alcohol in your community.

Simply put, more work needs to be done to raise awareness about the dangers of unhealthy alcohol consumption and the harmful effects of underage drinking. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, close to 30 million Americans have some type of problem related to alcohol use, and more than 140,000 people die each year due to alcohol-related causes.

There are a number of ways for individuals, families and groups to participate. Parents can talk to their kids about alcohol and other drugs. Adults can take a weekend off (or even longer) from alcohol use and/or host a party for friends and family without the use of alcohol. Schools, businesses, community and faith-based organizations can raise awareness about the issue and work to reduce stigma for those struggling with an alcohol use disorder.

On a positive note, I am happy to share the resources below, as well as this success story about Eminem (who recently celebrated his 12th year of sobriety) joining approximately 23 million Americans enjoying a life in recovery.

For treatment information, call 1‐844‐Reach NJ or visit www.reachnj.gov

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