Cheers To April’s Alcohol Awareness Month: A Call For Responsible Drinking.

While drinking alcohol can add fun to the life of the party, millions of families and communities are negatively affected by Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD). Unfortunately, many will not take alcohol abuse seriously until it hits home. You don’t have to drink alcohol or abuse it for it not to affect you or a loved one detrimentally. This is why it is crucial to raise awareness about this important topic.  So raise your glass to April’s Alcohol Awareness Month: a call for responsible drinking. Let us all shed some light on AUD on your social media platforms and in any other way we can.

In this blog post, we will unlock ways to foster a culture of moderation and awareness surrounding alcohol consumption. We will answer the question, “What can I do to help someone suffering from alcohol abuse or addition?”

Alcohol Awareness Month

Every April, communities across the United States and other parts of the world unite together to celebrate Alcohol Awareness Month, which is dedicated to raising awareness about the effects of alcohol consumption on individuals, families, and society as a whole. 

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) established Alcohol Awareness Month in 1987 to educate the public about the hazards of excessive drinking, promote responsible alcohol usage, and encourage support for persons coping with alcohol-related issues.

Alcohol is one of the most commonly consumed substances in the world, and it plays an important role in many cultural, social, and recreational activities. 

While moderate alcohol intake has some health benefits, such as lowering the risk of heart disease, excessive or binge drinking can have a wide range of negative consequences. 

These implications include poor judgment, an increased risk of accidents and injuries, alcoholism, liver illness, mental health issues, and strained relationships.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), excessive alcohol consumption causes around 95,000 fatalities in the United States each year, making it one of the leading preventable causes of death.

Furthermore, alcohol abuse leads to enormous economic consequences, such as medical expenses, lost productivity, and law enforcement fees.

The widespread prevalence of alcohol-related harm emphasizes the significance of raising alcohol knowledge and advocating for responsible drinking habits.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Reasons Why April's Alcohol Awareness Should Be Everyday.

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What Are The Goals Of April's Alcohol Awareness Month?

Prevention

“Prevention is better than cure” is a common proverb in Jamaica. While April is designated as Alcohol Awareness Month, I feel it should be observed daily. One of the primary goals of Alcohol Awareness Month is to educate individuals and communities about the risks of excessive alcohol consumption. The campaign’s goal is to educate the public about the physical, mental, and social consequences of alcohol abuse, allowing them to make informed decisions about their drinking habits.

Early Intervention and Education

Another important goal of Alcohol Awareness Month is to reduce alcohol-related issues through early intervention and education. Communities can help minimize underage drinking, binge drinking, and alcohol-related harm by offering resources, support services, and preventative initiatives.

Showcase Alcohol Treatment Resources

Alcohol Awareness Month also strives to increase access to support and treatment resources for people living with alcoholism or addiction. By demythologizing substance use disorders and raising knowledge of accessible services, the campaign encourages people in need to seek treatment and support on their path to recovery.

Advocate For Policies Around Alcohol 

Furthermore, Alcohol Awareness Month provides an opportunity to advocate for policies and regulations that promote public health and safety related to alcohol consumption. This may include measures such as increasing alcohol taxes, implementing restrictions on advertising and marketing, and improving access to treatment and support services.

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How Can Excess Alcohol Intake Affect Our Bodies.

Alcohol has an impact on different systems or organs in the human body, with both short-term and long-term implications. Here are some of the main effects:

Alcohol Depresses The Central Nervous System (CNS): 

Alcohol slows down brain activity. Initially, this can induce sensations of relaxation and exhilaration, but excessive intake can impair coordination, judgment, and reaction speed. It can also impair speech, eyesight, and memory. This is why it’s critical to never get behind the wheel to drive after drinking; always call a taxi service.

Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease:

The liver metabolizes alcohol, but heavy drinking can exceed its capability, causing liver damage. Long-term alcohol misuse can cause fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis, fibrosis, and cirrhosis. These disorders can decrease liver function and, in extreme situations, result in liver failure.

Alcohol Affects The Cardiovascular System:

Although moderate alcohol use may have some cardiovascular benefits, excessive drinking can be harmful to the heart and blood vessels. Chronic alcohol misuse has been linked to an increased risk of high blood pressure, cardiomyopathy (muscle weakness), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and stroke.

Gastrointestinal Issues and Alcohol: 

Alcohol can irritate the gastrointestinal system, causing gastritis and raising the risk of ulcers and gastrointestinal bleeding. Chronic alcohol abuse has been related to pancreatitis, a severe inflammation of the pancreas.

Alcohol Suppresses The Immune System: 

Excessive alcohol use can impair the immune system, leaving people more vulnerable to infections and diseases. Chronic drinkers have an increased chance of acquiring respiratory infections, pneumonia, and some malignancies.

Breast Cancer and Alcohol Abuse: 

According to some studies, excessive alcohol use might cause breast cancer and other types of cancer. The more alcohol a woman consumes, the higher her risk of developing breast cancer. Researchers discovered that drinking two to five drinks per day raises a woman’s risk of acquiring breast cancer by 41%.

The Mental Health Booze: 

Alcohol misuse can worsen pre-existing mental health disorders and lead to the development of new ones. It is associated with depression, anxiety problems, and sleep abnormalities. In certain situations, chronic heavy drinking can result in alcohol-induced psychosis, which is characterized by hallucinations, delusions, and disorganized thinking.

Alcohol Can Impair Judgement:

Alcohol impairs judgment and decision-making, which leads to harmful behaviors such as driving while intoxicated, unsafe sexual practices, and aggression. These habits can cause accidents, injuries, legal issues, and interpersonal disputes.

AUD Can Lead To Impaired Judgement:

Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) impairs judgment and decision-making, which leads to harmful behaviors such as driving while intoxicated, unsafe sexual practices, and aggression. These habits can cause accidents, injuries, legal issues, and interpersonal disputes.

Addiction and Dependence:

Consistent, heavy alcohol intake can result in tolerance, dependence, and addiction. Individuals may acquire a physical and psychological dependence on alcohol, resulting in withdrawal symptoms when they seek to reduce or discontinue drinking.

These effects of alcohol consumption on the body makes it more imperative for us to be mindful to consume alcohol in moderation and being aware of its potential  impact on health and well-being. Seeking help and support is critical for people battling with alcohol consumption.

 

Many people will be astonished to learn that not all alcoholic beverages are made equally. Each beer, wine, and spirit has a different alcohol content.

Standard beers, for example, contain 5% alcohol by volume (Alc/vol). However, some beers on the market contain up to 12% alcohol by volume. A 12 oz. can or bottle of beer with 12% Alc/vol means that (12% of 12 oz) of the beer contains roughly 1.5 ounces of pure alcohol.

While this may not seem like much, consider consuming multiple beers and hard liquors such as tequila in one day and the effects it will have on your body if you misuse alcohol regularly.

1 to 2 Drinks

According to the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, adults of legal drinking age should consume alcohol in moderation, with males limiting their intake to two drinks per day and women to one. The way our body processes alcohol depends on one’s age, gender, and body size.

It was also said that certain people should not use alcohol. These include: 

(1)under the age of 21 in the US.

(2) Taking medication that adversely interacts with alcohol.

(3) If you are a recovering alcoholic or cannot control how much you drink.

(4) if you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant.

Below are the standard-size drinks in the United States and their equivalent alcohol content.

How Can I help Someone With Alcohol Addiction or AUD?

If you have ever lived with or know someone who suffers from alcoholism or other substance/drug abuse, you will understand how challenging it can be. It causes significant emotional, physical, and mental stress. As the saying goes “those who feel it knows it.”

There are resources available for individuals and families struggling with alcohol and substance abuse. However, the goal is always prevention rather than cure, and we are striving toward a future in which alcohol-related problems are minimized.

To recover from AUD, the first step is to recognize the problem with alcohol consumption.

Do I Have a Alcohol Dependency or Abuse Problem?

When you drink more than two alcoholic beverages daily to cope with challenges in your life. If this is harming your relationships with family and friends, your finances, your career, or your physical and mental health, it’s time to get professional help.

There are various treatment and support options available. Below are the most common ones:

Primary Care Physician (PCP)

If you have a decent doctor who is concerned about your health and well-being, don’t be afraid to disclose your drinking problem.

They can be an excellent reference source for programs that may be beneficial to you. Your primary care physician may also prescribe medication to help you or a loved one handle withdrawal symptoms and cravings.

Mental Health Professionals

Contact your health insurance provider and request a list of in-network Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Licenced Social Workers, or Counselors who specialize in substance abuse and mental health illnesses.

They can offer therapy or counseling sessions that are tailored to you or your loved one’s individual needs.

Online Resources or Help Lines

Individuals looking for help with alcohol misuse can find a variety of internet resources and helplines.

Websites such as the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Get your phone and call the National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) offers a wide range of information, treatment locators, and services to individuals and families afflicted by alcohol addiction.

Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)

Many employers offer EAPs, which provide confidential counseling and support services for employees dealing with alcoholism or other personal concerns.

Employees can obtain these services through their workplace benefits.

Support Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) (212–870–3400) and other support organizations offer peer support and encouragement to anyone trying to overcome their alcohol addiction. These groups provide a secure and nonjudgmental space where you can discuss your experiences, difficulties, and accomplishments.

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Overall Thoughts

People consume alcohol for many different reasons. Some folks are social drinkers. I enjoy cooking and baking with booze.  

Unfortunately, many people use alcohol to escape their reality or to cope with life’s difficulties. However, excessive alcohol intake and binge drinking have a significant negative impact on one’s mental, emotional, and physical health.

Limit Alcohol Consumption

Although some studies suggest that drinking red wine may be advantageous for heart health, I believe that having 1 to 2 glasses of red wine 5 to 7 times weekly may be a bit excessive, especially if you have underlying diseases such as obesity, diabetes, renal, or liver condition.

Moderate alcohol consumption, as well as awareness of its possible impacts on health and well-being, are preventative measures that everyone should take to avoid falling into the trap of alcohol dependency. 

 Alcohol Abuse Is Everyone’s Problem

Consider someone who went out with friends over the weekend and had a few alcoholic drinks. He or she gets in their car and, while driving home, loses control and collides with your car, killing everyone in it. This is a great example of why alcohol misuse should be everyone’s concern.

Seek Treatment Before It Gets Worse!

Some people are convicted to quit drinking as a result of traumatic experiences. Candice Owens explains in her YouTube video above, how an article convinced her to stop drinking alcohol. I do not believe that drinking alcohol on occasion is bad. However, this becomes problematic when you use alcohol to cope with your pain.

Seeking treatment and support is essential for anyone struggling with alcoholism or addiction to address these issues and promote recovery. 

Do your part now. Share this blog post on your social media platforms and with family and friends to help raise awareness about alcohol abuse.

Please provide your opinions in the comments section. What are your thoughts on the recommended amounts for moderate alcohol consumption?

23 thoughts on “Cheers To April’s Alcohol Awareness Month: A Call For Responsible Drinking.”

  1. Excellent post Kevin! April is also National Stress Awareness Month. Many people drink excessively to “self-medicate” various mental health issues. It’s super important for people to realize “why” they are drinking excessively and get help to remedy underlying issues!

    1. Thanks for visiting Her Asian…looking forward to vacationing in Spain someday. Drinking is apart of most cultures. This is why this blog post gets overlooked. People do not want to face the idea of drinking responsibly or to face the truth that they have a alcohol problem.

  2. Thank you for raising awareness of alcohol abuse and things to know and look out for. I like that you mentioned that although April is Alcohol Awareness Month, but we should support responsible drinking everyday.

  3. One of the hardest things about alcohol abuse is alcohol has become such a social drug- we go out for a drink, consume it at get togethers etc.

    We should treat alcohol with a whole lot more respect than we do.

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