What is Alcohol Awareness Month?
Alcohol Awareness Month, held every April, was founded by and has been sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) since 1987 to increase public awareness and understanding aimed at reducing the stigma associated with alcoholism that too often prevents individuals and families from seeking help.
For the 27th Anniversary of NCADD Alcohol Awareness Month, NCADD has chosen the theme "Help for Today. Hope For Tomorrow."
Consequences of Excessive Drinking
What’s the REAL story about alcohol?
To get a better understanding of how devastating alcoholism is in our country, here are a few figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- 80,374 deaths are annually attributed to excessive alcohol use.
- Alcoholism is the 3rd leading lifestyle-related cause of death in the nation.
- Up to 40% of all hospital beds in the United States (except for those being used by maternity and intensive care patients) are being used to treat health conditions that are related to alcohol consumption.
Question: I thought drinking and driving was the only alcohol-related risk for college students?
Answer: An estimated 1,900 young people under the age of 21 die each year from alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes. Total deaths attributed to alcohol for those under 21 is 4,700 per year. In addition, approximately 600,000 college students are unintentionally injured while under the influence of alcohol. Approximately 700,000 students are assaulted by other students who have been drinking and about 100,000 students are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape (from NCADD Fact Sheet: Facts About Underage Drinking).