The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc (NCADD) has designated April as Alcohol Awareness Month, an annual public awareness campaign that encourages local communities to focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues. According to the NCADD, more than 23 million people nationwide over 12 years old are addicted to alcohol and other drugs. Locally, 61% of high school aged students in the Roanoke Valley reported they have drank alcohol and 36% reported they’d had at least 1 drink of alcohol in the past 30 days (source: 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey – Botetourt, Craig, Roanoke and Salem).
Alcohol damages the brains of youth and places them at risk for injury, unprotected sex, drug use, violence, sexual assault and other risky behaviors. It is extremely important for parents to educate their teens about the dangers of underage use, set a positive example with their own alcohol use and not provide alcohol to underage youth.
If you’re a parent, the following links will help educate and empower you to help your teen learn to make healthy choices: