April: Alcohol Awareness Month
It is estimated that the harmful use of alcohol results in the death of 3 million people annually and causes more than 5% of the global disease burden (WHO).
Moreover, a great number of people worldwide suffer from alcohol addiction, which depreciates their quality of life significantly. The condition has numerous social, economical and health-related consequences. There are multiple causes of this disease including genetic, behavioral and psychological. Though, regardless of the reason, it is crucial that the person suffering from alcoholism receives adequate treatment and support from the government and her or his friends and loved ones.
It is clear that each country needs to put more effort in order to reduce alcohol abuse among its population. Some of these measures might be ensuring best tax policies and providing accessible treatment options and psychological support to people suffering from alcoholism and it’s causes.
Today there is a variety of methods used for alcohol addiction treatment, including both medication and psychological support. However, often the most challenging part is recognizing the problem and deciding to take action. We urge you to spread awareness about the consequences of the harmful use of alcohol so we can save more lives and improve the overall health of our society.
Updated: April 8, 2019