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April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Alcohol misuse has always been a problem and the stress of the last year has only amplified it. According to a recent study, more people are turning to alcohol to cope with unprecedented uncertainty and stress. The study’s researchers found that alcohol consumption among adults increased by 14% from 2019 to 2020. Women exhibited a 41% increase in alcohol consumption over a 2019 baseline. Use this month to become more aware about alcohol misuse.

Fast Facts:

  • Almost every day 30 people die in a motor vehicle accident caused by alcohol
  • 88,000 Americans die each year from alcohol-related causes
  • Alcohol is a group 1 carcinogen (cancer causing) – the same category as asbestos, tobacco, and other known cancer causing agents.
  • The USDA recommends that men consume no more than one drink on any given day; women are limited to one.

What can you do:

  • Practice limiting your consumption by tracking how much you are drinking
  • Choose an Alcohol-Free weekend during the month of April. The intent is for you to stop drinking from Friday through Monday, and then gauge the effect of the alcohol-free days.
  • Need more information and help? Visit niaaa.nih.gov