April is Alcohol Awareness Month

April is Alcohol Awareness Month
“Connecting the Dots: Opportunities for Recovery”
Each April since 1987, the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence, Inc. (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.
Ten Fast Facts About Alcohol
Did you know that…
  1. 75% of esophageal cancers are attributable to chronic excessive alcohol consumption.
  2. Nearly 50% of cancers of the mouth, pharynx and larynx are associated with heavy drinking
  3. Chronic alcohol consumption is associated with 10% increase in a woman’s risk of breast cancer.
  4. Heavy chronic drinking contributes to approximately 65% of all cases of pancreatitis.
  5. Among emergency room patients admitted for injuries, 47% tested positive for alcohol and 35% were intoxicated; of those who were intoxicated, 75% showed signs of chronic alcoholism.
  6. There are more deaths and disabilities each year in the U.S. from substance abuse than from any other cause.
  7. As many as 35% of heavy drinkers develop alcoholic hepatitis.
  8. As many as 36% of the cases of primary liver cancer are linked to heavy chronic drinking.
  9. Alcoholics are 10 times more likely to develop carcinoma than the general population.
  10. Accidents related to alcohol use are among the leading causes of death for teens.
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