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April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Filed in Community/PACT, News, Parents, Youth by on April 4, 2017 • views: 311
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Alcohol is the most commonly used and abused drug among youth in the United States. As teenagers mature, it is natural and developmentally appropriate for them to assert their independence, and that often turns into seeking new challenges and taking more risks. Many teens want to try alcohol but may not fully realize its negative effects on their health and behavior. Additionally, many teens drink due to peer pressure, a need to relieve stress or relax, a desire to feel more grown up, to rebel, or out of curiosity.

During Alcohol Awareness Month in April, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) works to increase public awareness and understanding about alcohol abuse, reduce the stigma, and encourage local communities to focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 80% of kids think their parents should have a say in whether or not they drink alcohol. As a parent, it may appear as if your teenager is not listening to you, but with regards to alcohol and drinking, THEY ARE! Research shows that parents have a significant influence on whether or not a child chooses to drink alcohol at all.

 

Here at Pelham PACT, we encourage parents and adults to talk with the children in their lives about alcohol use. Answer their questions about how alcohol affects their physical and mental health; model healthy behavior when it comes to drinking alcohol as an adult; teach your kids how to say no in ways that respect their desire to fit in socially with their peers.

An integral part of Alcohol Awareness Month is NCADD’s Alcohol-Free Weekend, held March 31 to April 2, 2017. Designed to raise public awareness about the use of alcohol and how it may be affecting individuals, families, and the community, NCADD encourages all Americans, young and old, to participate in three alcohol-free days.

Use this month to talk with your family about alcohol use, and contact NCADD or other alcoholism agencies to learn more about alcoholism, its early symptoms, and for useful resources.

 

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