Alcohol Awareness Month

In recognition of alcohol’s dangerous and long-lasting influence among adolescents, adults, and families, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence has declared April as Alcohol Awareness Month. Parents, caregivers, and members of the community can play a key role in preventing alcohol abuse in children. According to a 2014 national survey on drug use and health, adolescents use alcohol more frequently than all other illicit drugs combined. In addition, research suggests that the children of parents who abuse alcohol are at a greater risk for trauma including verbal, physical, and sexual abuse, and neglect. Children of alcoholics may also exhibit more symptoms of depression and anxiety, and have lower self-esteem than the children who do not have an alcoholic caregiver.

Source- National Child Trauma and Stress Network