Alcohol awareness

To the Editor:

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, established in 1987 by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Inc (NCADD) to help reduce the stigma often associated with alcoholism by encouraging communities to learn more about alcohol, alcoholism and recovery.

Alcoholism is a chronic, progressive disease, genetically predisposed and fatal if untreated. However, people can and do recover. In fact, it is estimated that as many as 20 million individuals and family members are living in recovery today in this country.

As part of Alcohol Awareness Month, the NCADD is sponsoring Alcohol-Free Weekend, April 3-5. It is being held to raise public awareness about the use of alcohol and how it may affect individuals, families and businesses in our community, and to investigate the role alcohol may play in your own life.

Acadia Family Center invites you to go alcohol-free for those three days.

Those who experience difficulty or discomfort in this 72-hour experiment are urged to contact Acadia Family Center, Alcoholics Anonymous or Al-Anon to learn more about alcoholism and its early symptoms and treatment options.

Dan Johnson

Executive Director

Acadia Family Center

Southwest Harbor

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