Join the fight against alcohol abuse

Rybacki EGPS alcohol-GRADIENT
Alcohol Awareness Month
March, 2016
Dear James,
April is Alcohol Awareness MonthI'd like to encourage you to take an active role in spreading the message that alcohol abuse is destructive, both to the individual and society at large.

"Each April since 1987, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) has sponsored Alcohol Awareness Month to increase public awareness and understanding, reduce stigma and encourage local communities to focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues." (

In my eBook, The Essential Guide to Prescription Drugs - Update on alcohol, I share some important and alarming, facts and statistics about alcohol use. I've included a few facts from the ebook below.

"Think of every drink as a dose of medicine...Protect your family from drug interactions, alcohol poisoning and side effects."

2015 data show 6 people die each day from alcohol poisoning. The 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) found 51.9% said they were current drinkers.

Alcohol data has been tracked for 71 years by the Gallup (the same people who take political and other polls that we all know about).

Beer is the favorite beverage of drinkers, then wine and then liquor. Wine is preferred by women and older Americans.

Regardless of the type of beverage, many people are just not aware of how much they can drink and not be legally drunk and how long it takes your body to remove alcohol.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates excessive drinking cost was 223.5 billion dollars in 2006 and probably much more now.


Drinking too much alcohol increases people's risk of injuries, violence, drowning, liver disease , and some types of cancer. The good news? We can all do our part to prevent alcohol misuse or abuse.

Make a difference: Spread the word about strategies for preventing alcohol abuse and encourage communities, families, and individuals to get involved.

How can Alcohol Awareness Month make a difference?
We can use this month to raise awareness about alcohol abuse and take action to prevent it, both at home and in the community.

Here are just a few ideas:

  • Encourage friends or family members to make small changes, like keeping track of their drinking and setting drinking limits. 
  • Share tips with parents to help them talk with their kids about the risks of alcohol use.
  • Ask doctors and nurses to talk to their patients about the benefits of drinking less or quitting. 
  • Add information about alcohol abuse to your newsletter. 
  • Tweet about Alcohol Awareness Month. 
  • Host a community event where families can learn about local addiction resources. 
  • Add a Web badge to your Web site, blog, or social networking profile. 
  • Join us in raising awareness for Alcohol Awareness Month.
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To your good health!
Dr. Rybacki


Dr. Jim


James Rybacki, Pharm.D.
The Medicine Information Institute
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