April Marks Alcohol Awareness Month
Approximately 1,700 Minnesotans die every year from alcohol-related causes, with little public attention. During National Alcohol Awareness Month in April, the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) encourages everyone to learn about the dangers of excessive drinking, and the help that is available for those who need it.
“Alcohol abuse is rampant in society and in Minnesota, and we all know people who have been affected,” said Minnesota Department of Human Services Commissioner Tony Lourey. “The good news is, people can and do recover.”
In Minnesota, there were almost 22,000 admissions to treatment for alcohol in 2017. Minnesotans seeking help can access Fast-Tracker, a directory of mental health and substance use disorder resources across the state. For most people, treatment services are covered by insurance. For those who need it, financial help is available.
Alcohol is used more often and by more people than any other drug. Not only does it contribute it to more deaths, it also causes more injuries and illnesses.
For people seeking to better understand their own alcohol use and start taking steps to reduce risks, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism offers an interactive tool on their website.