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Welcome to Alcohol Awareness Month

About Alcohol Awareness Month

April is designated as Alcohol Awareness Month, aiming to increase public awareness and understanding of alcohol use disorder (AUD) and its detrimental effects on health and society. It is an opportunity for individuals, families, and communities to educate themselves about responsible alcohol consumption and the resources available for those struggling with alcohol misuse.

 

 

Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) is a chronic relapsing brain disorder characterized by an impaired ability to stop or control alcohol use despite adverse social, occupational, or health consequences. It can range from mild to severe and can have profound effects on physical and mental health.

Understanding Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD)
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Impact on Health and Society

Alcohol misuse has far-reaching consequences, impacting not only the individual but also their families and communities. Some of the adverse effects of alcohol abuse include:

  • Physical Health Issues: Chronic alcohol misuse can lead to liver disease, cardiovascular problems, neurological damage, and an increased risk of various cancers.

  • Mental Health Effects: Alcohol misuse is linked to mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, and increased risk of suicide.

  • Social and Economic Consequences: Alcohol-related accidents, violence, and crime contribute to the social and economic burden on communities. It can strain relationships, lead to job loss, and result in financial difficulties.

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Discover How Alcohol Affects Your Brain and Body

"Drinking Too Much" Video

To shed light on this important topic, we invite you to watch the informative video titled "Drinking Too Much: How Alcohol Affects Your Brain and Body." This video provides valuable insights into the physiological and neurological changes that occur when alcohol is consumed beyond recommended limits.

Underage Drinking Awareness

As adults, we play a crucial role in shaping the behaviors of the youth in our care, especially concerning alcohol consumption. Research shows that communication, disapproval of underage drinking, and proactive measures significantly influence whether a child will engage in alcohol use before the legal age of 21. Let's take action to prevent underage drinking by securing and monitoring alcohol in our homes.

Massachusetts Social Host Laws:

In Massachusetts, social host laws hold adults accountable for underage drinking that occurs on their property. It's essential to understand these laws and take responsibility for ensuring a safe environment for young individuals. Let's prioritize the well-being of our youth by adhering to social host laws and promoting responsible alcohol practices.

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Activity:

Calculating Alcohol Access in Your Home:

To assess potential risks of underage drinking in your home, consider the following activity:

 

1.Determine the average number of youth/children who visit your home each month. This may include nephews/nieces, biological, adopted, or foster children, as well as neighbor's children.
 

TOTAL NUMBER OF YOUTH ____

2. Identify the number of places in your home where alcohol is stored, such as refrigerators, liquor cabinets, coolers, and closets.

TOTAL NUMBER OF STORAGE PLACES ____

3. Calculate the potential intersection of youth and alcohol in your home by multiplying the total number of youth by the total number of storage places.

Total=

By understanding the accessibility of alcohol in your home, you can take proactive measures to minimize risks and promote a safe environment for young individuals.

Lock & Secure Your Alcohol:

Take proactive measures to secure alcohol in your home and prevent underage access.

  • Lock up alcohol storage areas.

  • Keep track of your alcohol inventory.

  • Store alcohol in safe, inaccessible places.

  • Adhere to responsible drinking guidelines.

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Dedham Parent Survey, 2019

 

According to the Dedham Parent Survey conducted in 2019, only 14% of Dedham parents report locking up their alcohol.

 

Let's work together to increase awareness about the importance of securing alcohol in households to prevent underage drinking.

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If you’re interested in getting mental health or substance use help, but not sure where to start:Call or text the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Help Line at 833-773-2445 or chat online at masshelpline.com.

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