Drinking too much alcohol increases people’s risk of 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.
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 7, 2017).
- 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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