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April is Alcohol Awareness Month

by Chanel Rowe
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By: Dontae Scisson

Alcohol Awareness Month 

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, it’s a time when we need to look carefully at how much people drink and how to prevent Alcoholism and Alcohol use disorder. Alcoholism is the third health issue in the US leading up to death.  According to the National Insitute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Alcohol takes a toll on individuals, families, and communities.   Doctors Health experts, and scientists researched that excessive amounts of Alcohol can lead to heart failure due to long time abuse.

Teen Drinking

In the United States, one out of six teens have drunk alcohol illegally under the age of 21 without their parents knowing. Many teens like to experiment with drinking at parties or have used fake IDs to purchase them at stores and asked untrustworthy adults to buy it for them. This issue leads to arrests, car accidents, and death. Almost 1/3 of DUI/DWI fatalities happen to young people between the ages of 16-20. There are an estimated 10.8 million teen drinkers in America with only one out of one-hundred parents thinking their teens are drinking.

                  Steps to stop drinking

Step 1:

  • Talk to a doctor.
  • See a counselor regularly.
  • Choose a certain date to quit and mark it down on a calendar then write in a journal or diary.
  • Avoid urges.

Step 2:

  • Reflect on your past attempts to quit.
  • Talk to family and friends about why quitting is crucial to you.
  • Have them keep alcohol out of your sight and reach.
  • Call a helpline and speak to health experts.

Step 3:

  • Have a healthy and balanced diet.
  • Exercise
  • Avoid relapsing.
  • Look for fun activities that do not involve alcohol.  

Step 4:

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Look for ways to de-stress yourself.
  • Remind yourself why you are quitting.
  • Do not give up.

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