Drinking too much alcohol increases the risk of health-related problems like injuries, violence, liver disease, and some types of cancer.
The good news? We can all do our part to prevent alcohol abuse.
Make a difference: Spread the word about strategies for preventing alcohol 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 toward a solution – 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 on talking with their kids about the risks of alcohol use.
- Ask doctors and nurses to talk to their patients about the benefits of drinking alcohol only in moderation.
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
Add this free Web badge to your Web site, blog, or social networking profile to show your support for Alcohol Awareness Month.
Take action to raise awareness about alcohol 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 to show how much fun can be had without drinking. Invite local restaurants and a local radio station to provide free food and music.
- On April 11, National Alcohol Screening Day, partner with a local health clinic to offer free or low-cost screenings for alcohol abuse.
- Partner with your local police station and 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.
For more information and materials, contact:
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration at firstname.lastname@example.org
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)