ADDICTS AND ALCOHOLICS
Though alcohol consumption has been all but completely normalized in American society, every year it seems we find more harmful effects connected to drinking. For example, research shows that heavy drinking in one's youth can lead to dementia in one's elderly years, only one of a host of other mental and physical problems that can occur.
Innovated, funded, and sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Alcohol Awareness Month was first established in 1987 to help reduce the stigma associated with alcohol addiction. The driving force behind Alcohol Awareness Month was to encourage communities to reach out to the American public every April, for the duration of the month, with information and resources on alcohol, alcoholism, and recovery.
One concept that gets tossed around is this idea of there being different “levels” of drinking. This could lead to the conclusion that some types of drinking are “okay,” and others are not. You see this show up in common phrases such as “problem drinking,” “drinking to get drunk,” “trouble drinking,” “daily drinking,” “at-risk drinking,” “binge drinking,” “excessive drinking,” etc.