Alcohol Awareness Month 2015

Each April since 1987, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) sponsors NCADD Alcohol Awareness Month to increase public awareness and understanding, reduce stigma and encourage local communities to focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues. This April, NCADD highlights the important public health issue of underage drinking, a problem with devastating individual, family and community consequences.

With over 10.8 million underage drinkers in the United States, alcohol is the “drug of choice” for America’s youth, and adolescents consume for alcohol than cigarettes and marijuana combined[1]. Underage drinking has numerous consequences such as risky sexual behavior, academic failure, Can cause alterations in the structure and function of the developing brain, which continues to mature into the mid- to late twenties, and may have consequences reaching far beyond adolescence, is associated with illicit drug use, and many more effects[2]

Every year, approximately 5,000 people under the age of 21 die as a result of underage drinking. Most of the deaths (1,900) can be attributed to motor vehicle crashes, but another 1,600 are a result of homicides, 300 are a result of suicides, and others result from injuries from falls, burns and other accidents [1]

Reducing underage drinking in highly imperative in order to secure a healthy future for America’s youth and takes strong support from parents, youth, schools, and teachers to bring awareness of the dangers of underage drinking.