The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence supports Alcohol Awareness Month every April. During this month, the organization focuses on removing the stigma from alcoholism, allowing those who have real problems with alcohol addiction to find life-changing care. In addition, the NCADD focuses on educating the public each April about what alcoholism is and how to recognize unsafe drinking habits.
Spreading Awareness of Alcohol Dependence
It is vital that everyone understand what excessive alcohol use is in order to notice a problem. Excessive use is different for men than it is for women. Binge drinking is defined as more than five drinks in one sitting for men and more than four drinks in one sitting for women. Heavy drinking is defined as more than 14 drinks per week for men and more than 7 drinks per week for women. Of course, no one under the age of 21 and no one who is pregnant should be drinking at all.
In order to understand what a drink is, one must recognize the difference between types of alcohol. One drink is considered to be 12 ounces of beer, 8 ounces of malt liquor, 5 ounces of wine or 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits or liquor. Binge drinking is generally more of a problem in the United States than heavy drinking is. However, many individuals find it difficult to admit that they have a problem. They may write off their drinking as something that everyone their age does. Without treatment, excessive drinking can cause terrible health problems and even death.