Alcohol Awareness Month 2017
April is Alcohol Awareness Month. Now I’m sure most of you are aware of alcohol. The idea isn’t to let you know alcohol exists but to “help reduce the stigma so often associated with alcoholism by encouraging communities to reach out to the American public each April with information about alcohol, alcoholism and recovery.”
If you are trying to turn your life around and get healthy, one of the biggest things holding you back could be alcohol. It’s just not healthy in so many ways.
I think it is important to recognize two things here. First, alcohol isn’t healthy for you so avoid it. Second, alcohol related diseases like alcoholism are real and people need real help. We shouldn’t assume anything about people suffering from such things. We should be helpful.
And not just because it’s generally good to be helpful. Helping other people is also a very healthy thing to do for yourself. Treating others with kindness and respect is a great way to elevate your mood and improve your own self esteem, researchers are finding.
Let’s use Alcohol Awareness Month to be mindful of those in our families or communities who might be suffering in some way and do what we can to ease their pain, even just a little bit. We’ll be doing a world of good for them and ourselves.