April is Alcohol Awareness Month

By not drinking too much, you can reduce the risk of short- and long-term health risks.

Did you know that drinking too much can harm your health? Excessive alcohol use, including underage drinking and binge drinking, can lead to increased risk of health problems such as injuries, violence, liver disease, and cancer.

Each April since 1987, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (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.

Texas Drunk Driving Statistics

Alcohol abuse continues to be a major problem in the state of Texas and is the primary drug of abuse in the state. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), 28 percent of people admitted to publicly funded substance abuse treatment centers needed treatment for alcohol addiction.3

Impaired driving while under the influence of alcohol is a leading factor in deaths on roadways in the state. About every 20 minutes in Texas, a person is hurt or killed in a crash involving alcohol.4 Here are a few other sobering statistics about drunk driving in Texas:

If you are concerned about someone else’s drinking, offer to help.

Resources

If you would like to learn more, here are a few additional resources to take a look at:

To spread the word and prevent alcohol abuse in our community, My Urgent Care is joining other organizations across the country to honor Alcohol Awareness Month.

References:https://hillcountrydetox.com/blog/substance-abuse-trends-texas/

Author
Dawn Elder Business Development Director

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