Employee Education: April is Alcohol Awareness Month

According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, an average of six people will die from alcohol poisoning every day.  Drinking too much alcohol increases people’s risk of injuries, violence, drowning, liver disease and car crashes. In fact, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) reports that every day in America, 27 people will die as a result of drunk driving crashes. Binge and heavy drinking have become increasingly prevalent in teenagers and more than 10% of children in the U.S. live with a parent with alcohol abuse issues. 

Being aware of your own habits and those around you is a simple way to help prevent the spread of alcohol abuse. For Alcohol Awareness Month, we’ve listed below the most common indicators if you or someone you know may be suffering from alcohol abuse:

  • Neglecting responsibilities
  • Depending on alcohol as a way to de-stress
  • Heightened emotional temperament
  • Reckless or dangerous behavior
  • Regularly consuming more drinks than planned
  • Withdrawal from activities that were previously important
  • Actively pressing others to drink excessively
  • Frequent “black out” periods where memory is lost
  • A consuming feeling of needing a drink
  • Difficulty quitting or cutting back

If you believe you are personally drinking too much, you can improve your health by cutting back or quitting. Here are some strategies to help:

  • Limit your drinking to no more than one drink a day for women or two drinks a day for men
  • Keep track of how much you drink
  • Choose a day each week when you will not drink
  • Don’t drink when you are upset
  • Avoid places where people drink a lot
  • Make a list of reasons not to drink
  • If you are concerned about someone else’s drinking, offer to help

If you would like more information or to speak with a representative of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse, please call 1-800-662-4357 (HELP). For more information on the prevention of drunk driving or to support MADD, visit their website.