Substance abuse is not the only issues facing communities. Underage drinking continues to be a big problem, with almost 11 million underage drinkers in the U.S. today. April is Alcohol Awareness Month, a month dedicated to encouraging communities to strongly focus alcohol-related issues.
SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported in 2011 that 9.7 million Americans ages 12 to 20 used alcohol in the past month with 6.1 million of those being binge drinkers. That same year, 978,000 adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 needed to be treated for their drinking problem. However, only 63,000 of those heavy drinkers received any form of treatment.
April is month to combat a major issue in every community. This is a time for parents and community members play a vital role in the prevention of underage drinking.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network compiled a list of resources that can help youth who suffer from drinking problems. This is a way underage drinking can be decreased and Alcohol Awareness Month is the perfect time for communities to educate youth on alcoholism.