Save the Dates - Alcohol Awareness Month 2017

Save the Dates - Alcohol Awareness Month 2017
For over 30 years, 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. With this year’s theme, “Connecting the Dots:  Opportunities for Recovery.  A comprehensive approach to addressing underage drinking,” the month of April will be filled with local, state, and national events aimed at educating people about the treatment and prevention of alcoholism, particularly among our youth, and the important role that parents can play in giving kids a better understanding of the impact that alcohol can have on their lives. In addition to this year’s primary theme, the following will be sub-themes during the 2017 Alcohol Awareness Month. They include: Information Understanding Communication Treatment Support Local NCADD Affiliates as well as schools, colleges, churches, and countless other community organizations will...
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NIAAA selects winners of its Wearable Alcohol Biosensor Challenge

NIAAA selects winners of its Wearable Alcohol Biosensor Challenge
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism announced the winners of its Wearable Alcohol Biosensor Challenge, a competition to design a discreet device capable of measuring blood alcohol levels in near real-time. The winning prototype and recipient of the $200,000 first prize was submitted by BACtrack, a company known nationally for designing and selling portable breath alcohol testers for consumer use and professional use. Their entry, the BACtrack Skyn, is worn on the wrist and offers continuous and non-invasive monitoring of a user’s BAC. Alcohol is detected using a fuel cell technology similar to that in devices used by law enforcement for roadside alcohol testing. The device connects via Bluetooth to a smartphone to store data. The Wearable Alcohol Biosensor Challenge, issued through Challenge.gov in March 2015, called for non-invasive wearable technology that could improve upon existing alcohol biosensor technology used in the criminal justice system. An improved alcohol biosensor...
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If People Think It’s Only Alcohol

If People Think It’s Only Alcohol
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 16.3 million people aged 12 or older are heavy alcohol users in the United States. During Alcohol Awareness Month, Al-Anon shines a light on the estimated six people who are affected by each of these drinkers. “He never comes home when he drinks,” said Angel, an anonymous commenter on an Al-Anon “First Steps to Al-Anon Recovery” podcast. “I sit up all night, freaking out. He doesn’t seem to care how badly it hurts me to see him literally drinking his life away. So he keeps telling me he will only drink occasionally. Last night he proved that was not the case. His friend comes over and he asks me if I mind if he drinks with him. Of course I mind. Barely two months ago he totaled my car!” Another anonymous commenter on an Al-Anon podcast said, “I told my mom...
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SAMHSA Launches AlcoholFX

SAMHSA Launches AlcoholFX
SAMHSA Launches AlcoholFX, a New Educational App for Underage Drinking Prevention, During Alcohol Awareness Month. Alcohol Awareness Month is here, and Prevention of Underage Drinking & Alcohol Misuse Day (May 17) during National Prevention Week is just around the corner. To recognize these important public observances, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released a new mobile application (app) for underage drinking prevention—Alcohol’s Effects on the Brain (AlcoholFX). AlcoholFX is a free, science-based app for tablets that teaches students ages 10–12 how alcohol can harm their brains. Based on lesson plans from SAMHSA’s Reach Out Now initiative, the app can easily integrate with instruction in fifth- and sixth-grade classrooms. AlcoholFX helps increase students’ knowledge of alcohol’s negative consequences before they reach the average age of first use. With AlcoholFX: Students engage in research-based, interactive games that explore brain science while they practice their responses to difficult social situations...
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