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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 8.5% of the U.S. population—roughly 18 million people.
The 2017 theme is "Connecting the Dots: Opportunities for Recovery," calling attention to ways parents can intervene in a child's potential drug or alcohol problem and ways they can talk with children to prevent a problem from developing. 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 31–April 2, 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.