April is Alcohol Awareness Month, an important opportunity for us to spread knowledge about the effects of alcohol on individuals and families. It’s an especially crucial moment for us to reduce the stigma surrounding alcohol use disorder—a chronic and potentially life-threatening illness that affects many people around the world.
This year, ARIA is dedicated to reaffirming our commitment towards open dialogue and education on the dangers of alcohol abuse while also breaking down long-standing prejudices aimed at men and women with an alcohol use disorder.
Raising awareness around this serious health issue is the key to making meaningful progress in combating its societal impacts—so let’s take some time this April to start conversations about reducing harm from excessive drinking and supporting those living with AUD and their loved ones.
Why is April Alcohol Awareness Month Important?
Alcohol Awareness Month is a chance for communities, online and in-person, to come together and confront the issues surrounding alcohol addiction. It’s important to understand that Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) isn’t just a personal problem, but a family and public health issue.
AUD has a wide reaching effect. A drinking problem affects more than just the sufferer. It has an impact on the family and everyone who loves and cares about the person. It has an effect on society as a whole, too. Reckless behavior like driving under the influence, infidelity/promiscuity, careless spending, physical violence are all associated with problem drinking.
This month serves as a reminder to educate ourselves and others about the potential risks of alcohol consumption, including addiction, liver damage, and other health problems. It’s also a time to support those who may be struggling with alcohol abuse and offer resources for treatment and recovery. Let’s come together this April and make a difference in the lives of those affected by alcoholism.
Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Misuse/Alcohol Use Disorder
Alcohol misuse or alcohol use disorder affects millions of people worldwide. It can be challenging to identify the signs and symptoms, as they may vary from person to person. But one common trait is that it negatively impacts a person’s life, be it physically, socially, or emotionally.
Those struggling with alcohol use disorder may exhibit symptoms like extreme drinking, inability to control drinking, withdrawal symptoms, and continued use despite negative consequences. Alcohol use disorder is a severe condition and requires an alcohol detox and professional help.
However, the good news is that it’s treatable with proper intervention, counseling, and support. If you suspect that you or someone you know may be struggling with alcohol misuse, reach out for help. ARIA is here for you, even if you’re not sure if you or the person you love is ready for help.
10 Signs of an Alcohol Use Disorder
- Drinking in larger amounts or for a longer period of time than originally intended.
- Making unsuccessful efforts to cut down or control drinking.
- Spending a great deal of time obtaining, using, and recovering from the effects of alcohol.
- Experiencing strong cravings or urges to drink alcohol.
- Continuing to drink despite knowing it is causing physical, psychological, social, financial, or legal problems in one’s life.
- Giving up important activities in order to drink alcohol (e.g., work, socializing).
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when not drinking (e.g., insomnia, shakiness/tremors, anxiety).
- Developing a tolerance, which means needing higher amounts of alcohol in order to feel the same effects as before.
- Feeling physical or mental symptoms when not drinking (e.g., depression, fatigue).
- Engaging in risky behaviors while drinking (e.g., driving under the influence).
Reducing Stigma Associated with Alcohol Use Disorders
Alcohol use disorders affect millions of people worldwide, but sadly, those who suffer often do so in silence, afraid of the stigma that surrounds their condition. However, reducing this stigma is essential to encourage people to seek help and ultimately recover.
Compassion and understanding are key here. We need to educate ourselves and others about the realities of alcohol use disorders, acknowledging that they are complex and challenging conditions that can affect anyone.
We need to speak out against stereotypes and judgments, recognizing that people with alcohol use disorders are individuals deserving of respect and support. By doing so, we can help to break down these harmful stigmas and create a more compassionate, understanding world for those who need it most.
ARIA is Here to Help
If you or someone you love is living with an Alcohol Use Disorder, ARIA wants to help. Our alcohol treatment center in Florida offers evidence-based dual-diagnosis care for all forms of substance use disorders. Remember that the first step in recovery is communication.
A conversation with our admissions advisors will answer your questions and inform you of the treatment options we have available for you or your loved one. Give us a call at (844) 973-2611 or contact us using this form and together we can create a brighter future.