In an effort to bring awareness about alcohol addiction and engage the community the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), now known as Facing Addiction with NCADD) has helped to establish April as Alcohol Awareness Month. Since 1987, the month of April has been designated to help reduce the stigma associated with alcoholism and encourage people to seek treatment.
The NCADD announced this year’s theme: “Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow.” Local, State and National events run throughout the month. April 5 -7, 2019 has been named Alcohol-Free Weekend. The 72-hour period of sobriety is designed to celebrate without relying on alcohol.
The national campaign (now in its 33rd year) is joined by local schools and college who make the commitment to bring awareness about alcoholism and addiction to their communities. It is the hope of these organizations that more awareness will encourage more research to be done in these areas. Events held during this month will usually provide information about addiction resources.
Facing Addiction with NCADD also works with organizations like Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon to bring together local and national resources. The entire month is dedicated to helping those who face addiction or dependence on alcohol.