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Alcohol Awareness Month
April is Alcohol Awareness Month. Its purpose is to increase public awareness and understanding aimed at reducing the stigma associated with alcoholism, with the ultimate goal of reducing the number of Americans who suffer from alcohol-related disorders. Currently that amounts to 6.2% of the adult U.S. population—roughly 15 million people. An additional 623,000 adolescents ages 12–17 are also estimated to suffer from alcohol use disorder.
The 2018 theme is "Changing Attitudes: It’s not a 'rite of passage.'" This message invites parents and other adults to take an active role in learning about alcohol and drugs and to help kids do the same, rather than assuming kids need to engage in underage drinking as a rite of passage to adulthood. Research shows that kids who learn about the dangers of underage drinking from their parents are up to 50% less likely to experiment than kids who don’t.
To better realize the impact alcohol plays in the lives of individuals, families, and the community, organizers encourage all Americans to spend the first weekend of the month, March 30–April 1, alcohol-free.
Help students learn about how alcohol works and make well-informed choices by using resources found in the Science NetLinks collection, The Science Inside Alcohol Project.