Since 1987, April has been declared Alcohol Awareness Month by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. While it is a year-round effort, April is the time of year in which the NCADD hosts seminars, events, and educational occasions. The NCADD has used the month of April as a source to connect with support organizations in an effort to reduce the stigma associated with alcoholism, as well as to spread awareness about a disease which affects millions of American annually. Some of these support organizations include churches, colleges, schools, and other local community groups.
Over the next month, we here at Turning Point would like to do our part in leading the discussion on various topics related to alcoholism.
This year’s theme is “Changing Attitudes: It’s not a ‘rite’ of passage” which explores how underage drinking has dangerously pervaded society as an acceptable and harmless part of a young adult’s coming-of-age experience. Unfortunately, the disconnect is not always acknowledged in or by society, that alcohol consumption at an early age can become alcoholism and progress into a fatal illness that has claimed so many lives over the years. Included below are some behavior traits of alcoholics, especially those engaging in underage drinking:
- Living on the edge/Thrill Seeking
- Black & White thinking
- Moderate-Severe Anxiety
- Impulsive/Ignores consequences
- Holds grudges
- Unexplainably Angry
- Secretive -Restless/Irritable
- Negative Self-Talk/Self-blaming
- Distain for authority
- People pleaser
- Fear of success/failure
- Moderately-severely depressed/Withdrawn
- Compulsive liar
- “Drama queen”
- Social chameleon
- Life of the party
For those afflicted by the disease of alcoholism, both individual and family, it can be perceived as a behavioral issue where the individual lacks “control” or it is an “inescapable”, fatal disease where change/recovery impossible. Resources like those provided by NCADD and the help of a New Jersey alcohol treatment center such as Turning Point, Inc., you, too, can join those on the other side of alcoholism.
Did You Know? Nearly 10% of the US population, approximately ~23 million people are in recovery, there is a way out of alcoholism.
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