The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) founded and continues to sponsor Alcohol Awareness Month in an effort to reduce the stigma associated with alcoholism by encouraging the education of alcoholism and recovery. Alcoholism, as defined by the NCADD, is a chronic, progressive disease, genetically predisposed and fatal if untreated.
The good news is that people can and do recover. The month of April provides a camaraderie across America to increase awareness and understanding of alcoholism, its causes, effective treatment options, and recovery.
One piece of the NCADD Alcohol Awareness Month is Alcohol-Free Weekend, which takes place during the first weekend of April. An open invitation is extended to all Americans to take part in three alcohol-free days. If any one person or family struggles with the absence of alcohol in the three-day period, they are asked to call NCADD affiliates, Alcoholics Anonymous or Al-Anon, to learn more about alcoholism and its early symptoms.
Other ways to take part in Alcohol Awareness Month 2017 can be found here.
Ultimately, alcoholism is a treatable disease that impacts not only individuals but entire families. The NCADD sponsors a month of awareness in an effort to remove the unsightly reputation of alcoholism from the equation and provide assistance to those who need it. Alcoholism can be overcome and managed.