Alcohol Awareness Month (AAM)

Started in 1987, the observance of Alcohol Awareness Month helps reduce stigma and negativity associated with alcoholism, increase awareness as well as understand and encourage local communities to focus on alcohol-related issues. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD), the organization behind AAM, observes the first weekend of April (March 30-April 1, 2018) as the Alcohol-Free Weekend as part of the month. NCADD extends an open invitation to all to engage in three alcohol-free days and raise public awareness about threats of alcohol and how it affects individuals, families, schools, businesses and communities. The theme for 2018 is “Changing Attitudes: It’s not a ‘rite of passage’,” which is designed to draw attention towards opportunities to educate young people about the dangers of alcohol use.