Mind Your Mental Health: Alcohol Awareness Month - help for yourself and others struggling with substance misuse

If you or someone you know needs help, please call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Sometimes, financial difficulties and other complex life stressors can lead people to self-medicate with alcohol or drugs. Take action if you or someone you care about face such a struggle. Help is available! Visit the Mind Your Mental Health website or click on the links below to learn more. 

  • If you suspect that someone close to you is misusing substances, review these four tips on how to mindfully speak with the person and encourage substance misuse treatment.
  • If you discover that another person is intoxicated, learn what to do to help keep the person safe, and when to arrange for a medical evaluation if the condition is worsening.
  • If you’re wondering whether you have a problem with alcohol or drugs, use this checklist to evaluate whether your own behavior and pattern of substance use have changed—indicating a problem.

 

We’ve partnered with Stamp Out Stigma to recognize Alcohol Awareness Month. Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the United States: 17.6 million people, or one in every 12 adults, suffer from alcohol use disorder or dependence along with several million more who engage in risky, binge drinking patterns that could lead to alcohol problems. It’s our job to help end the stigma surrounding addictions and mental health by sharing resources and starting conversations. Throughout the month of April, we encourage you to learn more about alcohol addiction. Here are some important facts you should know:

  • 88,000 deaths are annually attributed to excessive alcohol use
  • Alcoholism is the 3rd leading lifestyle-related cause of death in the nation
  • Excessive alcohol use is responsible for 5 million years of potential life lost annually, or an average of about 30 years of potential life lost for each death
  • Excessive alcohol use, including underage drinking and binge drinking, can increase a person’s risk of developing serious health problems, including brain and liver damage, heart disease, hypertension, and fetal damage in pregnant women
  • Up to 40% of all hospital beds in the United States (except for those being used by maternity and intensive care patients) are being used to treat health conditions that are related to alcohol consumption