Local groups observe National Alcohol Awareness Month

HOPE Community Coalition in collaboration with SOS (Students with Opportunities to Soar) is joining other organizations across the country to observe National Alcohol Awareness Month by having students share with their peers the dangers of using alcohol.

This observance of the NCAAD (National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence) promotes knowledge and education regarding all aspects of alcohol abuse and addiction. National Alcohol Awareness Month is in its 27th official year, with the theme for 2013 being: “Help for Today. Hope for Tomorrow.”

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), more than 18 million Americans (8.5 percent of the population) suffer from alcohol dependency or alcohol abuse issues, and 25 percent of children have been exposed to alcohol abuse within their families. One of the main aims of Alcohol Awareness Month is to promote prevention practices amongst teenagers and adolescents through education about health risks, drunk driving, addiction, coping skills, self-medicating, depression, anxiety and more. During the month of April, students from area schools will share infomercials each week at their school via intercom and class time stating that using alcohol is not cool.

Details: Contact Carol Mendenhall, facilitator at 870-329-2535.