April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Story by – Jonica Thomas, SBIRT Manager

April 6, 2012 - 1 minute read

Across the board, Alaska has one of the highest per capita alcohol consumption rates in the nation and the widespread presence of alcohol dependence and alcohol abuse, at 14 percent, is twice the national average of seven percent. Critical information gathered by the State proves that alcoholism runs in families and children of alcoholics are four times more likely than other children to become alcoholics (American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry).

Research shows that those youth who begin drinking alcohol by the age of 13 have a higher likelihood of becoming addicted to alcohol and lifelong difficulty with substance abuse.

To find out more about alcohol awareness stop by our SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment) table during the Tribal Unity Gathering held on April 10-12 at the Cultural Center in Bethel.

*Information gathered from the State of Alaska Health & Social Services