Alcohol Awareness Month is held every April to increase public awareness about alcohol and alcoholism as a disease. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) enacted Alcohol Awareness Month in 1987 and has helped save many lives through prevention, treatment and recovery. In its 26th year, the focus is to help prevent underage drinking with the theme, “Healthy Choices, Healthy Communities: Prevent Underage Drinking.”
The theme focused on alcohol-related problems teens and young people have, and there were many planned activities in Cobb County, Georgia and throughout the United States in recognition of National Alcohol Awareness Month.
One of the activities called for an alcohol-free weekend, which took place on the first weekend of April. From April 6-8, 2012, NCADD asked all Americans to participate in three alcohol-free days. It was the intention to raise awareness about alcoholism for families of those who found it hard to get through those three days without having any alcohol.
Other activities in Cobb County occurred throughout the month of April, including:
- Cobb Alcohol Taskforce Safe and Sober Prom Initiative, which can be found at www.cobatt.org.
- Cobb Alcohol Taskforce held a meeting on April 10, 2012 at the Cobb Central Library from 2-4 p.m. to help the community learn about the taskforce.
- A free talk about Alcohol and Binge Drinking Amongst Adolescents was given on April 18, 2012 from 10-11:30 a.m. at Ridgeview Institute.
- The Cobb Alcohol Taskforce Youth Council marched in the Big Shanty Festival in downtown Kennesaw on April 21, 2012.
The activities culminated on Thursday, April 26, 2012 from 7-8:30 p.m. at 100 Cherokee Street, Marietta, GA, with a Cobb Community Chat addressing underage drinking and youth binge drinking prevention. Community authorities and experts on this subject were at the panel. A live audience was welcome, plus others were encouraged to participate online.
Shane Smith Law supports National Alcohol Awareness Month and hopes to see fewer Georgia DUI victims from these initiatives.