Alcohol Awareness Month

Alcohol Awareness Month is an opportunity to raise awareness of alcohol abuse and encourage people to make healthy, safe choices. It is sponsored every year in April by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Excessive drinking is associated with numerous health problems, including—

  • Chronic diseases such as liver cirrhosis (damage to liver cells); pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas); various cancers, including liver, mouth, throat, larynx (the voice box), and esophagus; high blood pressure; and psychological disorders.
  • Unintentional injuries, such as motor-vehicle traffic crashes, falls, drowning, burns and firearm injuries.
  • Violence, such as child maltreatment, homicide, and suicide.
  • Harm to a developing fetus if a woman drinks while pregnant, such as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.
  • Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
  • Alcohol abuse or dependence.

Online there are several personal help tools:

Here are some maps concerning alcohol consumption:

1. TIME: Annual Alcohol Consumption by state in US

2. Daily Chart: World Alcohol Consumption

3. State Profiles of Underage Drinking Laws

4. DUI Map: Map of Drunk Driving Hot Spots and Fatality Zones in US

Source: CDC

Sachiye Day, VERTICES intern. sachiye@vertices.com

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