April is Alcohol Awareness Month

“To recognize the serious problem of alcohol abuse, April is designated “Alcohol Awareness Month.” In conjunction with this, Talbot Partnership for Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse Prevention, the local community coalition bringing together different sectors of the community to develop and carry out strategies to prevent or reduce substance abuse, has introduced a new advertising campaign entitled “Why should I care? The secondhand effects of alcohol“ in an effort to raise awareness of the problems that alcohol can cause.

Alcohol abuse takes many forms and causes pain in many different ways:
Underage alcohol use is more likely to kill young people than all illegal drugs
combined. More than 1,700 college students in the U.S. are killed each year—
about 4.65 a day—as a result of alcohol-related injuries.

• Nearly 14 million Americans – one in every 13 adults — abuse alcohol or are
alcohol dependent.

There are a number of warning signs of alcohol abuse.

If you answer “”yes”” to any of the following questions, you may have a problem with alcohol:
• Do you drink alone when you feel angry or sad?
• Does your drinking ever make you late for work?
• Does your drinking worry your family?
• Do you ever drink after telling yourself you won’t?
• Do you ever forget what you did while drinking?
• Do you get headaches or have a hangover after drinking?

In observance of Alcohol Awareness Month, the Talbot County Health Department reminds the community that they offer alcohol screening services at the Addictions Program, 301 Bay Street, Suite 307 in Easton, as follows: Monday 2:30-3:30, Wednesday 1:00 – 3:00, Friday 9:00 – 11:00.

In addition, online screening is available from websites such as www.alcoholscreening.org.

For questions or further information, contact Talbot Partnership at 410-819-8067.

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