When you think of an Alcoholic, what do you have pictured in your mind?
The fact is, that you can’t always tell who is an alcoholic. It crosses demographics and is closer to home than you think.
April is designated as Alcohol Awareness Month, and the Health & Wellmobile challenges you to ask the hard questions with your friends and family members. Alcoholism is a disease and requires treatment. The sooner the better.
Warning Signs of Alcohol Abuse
If you answer “yes” to any of the following questions, you may have a problem with alcohol:
- Do you drink alone when you feel angry or sad?
- Does your drinking ever make you late for work?
- Does your drinking worry your family?
- Do you ever drink after telling yourself you won’t?
- Do you ever forget what you did while drinking?
- Do you get headaches or have a hangover after drinking?
Some startling statistics:
In 2007, more than one fifth (23.3 percent) of persons aged 12 or older participated in binge drinking at least once in the 30 days prior to taking SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). This translates to about 57.8 million people. The rate in 2007 is similar to the rate in 2006 (23.0 percent). Source: SAMHSA: April is Alcohol Awareness Month
Unsure what you can do? Visit the Health & Wellmobile and we can start a dialogue to share with your friends and loved ones. Hope to see you soon!