Drinking too much alcohol increases people’s risk of health-related injuries, violence, drowning, liver disease, and some types of cancer.
The good news? We can all do our part to prevent alcohol misuse or abuse.
Make a difference: Spread the word about strategies for preventing alcohol misuse or abuse and encourage communities, families, and individuals to get involved.
How can Alcohol Awareness Month make a difference?
We can use this month to raise awareness about alcohol abuse and take action to prevent it, both at home and in the community.
Here are just a few ideas:
- Encourage friends or family members to make small changes, like keeping track of their drinking and setting drinking limits.
- Share tips with parents to help them talk with their kids about the risks of alcohol use.
- Ask doctors and nurses to talk to their patients about the benefits of drinking less or quitting.
How can I help spread the word?
We’ve made it easier for you to make a difference. This toolkit is full of ideas to help you take action today. For example:
Get the Word Out
Centers for DIsease Control and Prevention (CDC) E-cards
Take action to raise awareness about alcohol misuse and abuse.
- Partner with a local high school or youth organization to host an event about alcohol abuse prevention.
- Host an alcohol-free community block party. Invite local restaurants and a local radio station to provide free food and music.
- Partner with a local health clinic to offer free or low-cost screenings for alcohol abuse on National Alcohol Screening Day (April 9, 2015).
- Work with your local police station to host a Family Information Night. Share free information on preventing alcohol abuse and provide demonstrations. For example, use drinking goggles to show how drinking too much can affect vision.
- Post information on bulletin boards at local community centers, places of worship, the library, and post office.
Adapted from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.
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