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.

[su_note note_color=”#F0F0F0″]Excessive alcohol usage is often swept under the rug in the United States. However, around 20 million Americans are estimated to be living in alcoholism recovery today. Sadly, thousands of people who have a problem with alcohol never come forward for treatment or do not realize that they have a problem. Sometimes it takes a committed loved one to bring up the problem or to take the person to an alcohol treatment facility. For those who have a real problem, this can be a very loving act.[/su_note]

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.

[su_note note_color=”#F0F0F0″]First Step Recovery Center exists to help those who have problems with alcohol. At First Step, Dr. Matney and the other healthcare professionals can create an outpatient treatment plan that will eliminate the addictive hold of alcohol and create a workable plan for saying “no” to unhealthy drinking for the rest of one’s life.[/su_note]