Each April since 1987, the US National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) has sponsored Alcohol Awareness Month to increase public awareness and understanding, reduce stigma and encourage local communities to focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues. With this year’s theme, “Talk Early, Talk Often: Parents Can Make a Difference in Teen Alcohol Use,”aims to educate people about the treatment and prevention of alcoholism, particularly among the youth, and the important role that parents can play in giving kids a better understanding of the impact that alcohol can have on their lives.
Alcohol use by young people is extremely dangerous—both to themselves and to society, and is directly associated with traffic fatalities, violence, suicide, educational failure, alcohol overdose, unsafe sex and other problem behaviours, even for those who may never develop a dependence or addiction. Adolescence is a time of heightened risk-taking and as alcohol and drugs enter the picture, parents are faced with a unique set of challenges. They can simply sit back and hope their kids will “get through it,” or they can take an active role in learning about alcohol and drugs and helping their kids do the same.
It can be daunting to talk with children about drinking and drug use, but it is well worth the effort parents put into it. In fact, research has shown that kids who have conversations with their parents and learn a lot about the dangers of alcohol and drug use are 50% less likely to use these substances than those who don’t have such conversations. “Alcohol and drug use is a very risky business for young people,” says Andrew Pucher, President and Chief Executive Officer of NCADD, “and parents can make a difference. The longer children delay drinking and drug use, the less likely they are to develop any problems associated with it.
That’s why it is so important to help your child make smart decisions about alcohol and drugs.” Alcoholism is a chronic, progressive disease, genetically predisposed and fatal if untreated. However people can and do recover. In fact, it is estimated that as many as 20 million individuals and family members are living lives in recovery! Alcohol Awareness Month provides a focused opportunity to increase awareness and understanding of alcoholism, its causes, effective treatment and recovery. It is an opportunity to decrease stigma and misunderstandings in order to dismantle the barriers to treatment and recovery, and thus, make seeking help more readily available to those who suffer from this disease.
Alcohol-Free Weekend An integral part of Alcohol Awareness Month is an AlcoholFree Weekend, which takes place on the first weekend of April to raise public awareness about the use of alcohol and how it may be affecting individuals, families, businesses and our communities. However your Alcohol-Free Weekend can be anytime. Those individuals or families who experience difficulty or discomfort about the reality of staying dry Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and to learn more about alcoholism and its early symptoms.
Thailand AA contact: www.aathailand.org
Hua Hin AA Information:
Location: TLC – Thai Learning Centre – 3rd floor
Wongchomsin Bldg Suite 303 83/14 Petchakasem Rd
between Soi 63/1 and 65 Hua Hin
Meeting Day: Friday
Meeting Start Time: 1900 hrs
Meeting Type: Topic Discussion, Open
Contact Name: Paul Urban
Contact Number: 0852647445
Meeting Language: English