Alcohol Awareness Month

April is Alcohol Awareness Month.  At the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ), it is more important than ever that we continue to communicate our message to live a lifestyle free of drug, alcohol and substance abuse.

According to data from the Nielsen Market Research Firm, national sales of alcoholic beverages spiked 55% in the week ending March 21, compared to the same time last year.  Excessive drinking can compromise your immune system and it can also impair good judgement.  It is important, that we show today’s children and teens that drinking alcohol is not the answer to during difficult situations. You can use this time to talk to your kids about underage drinking, as our research has shown that talking with your kids for as little as fifteen minutes a day is great prevention about drug and alcohol abuse.

During this month of alcohol awareness, it is also important for those in recovery to know that there are resources many virtual resources available during the pandemic.  Alcoholics Anonymous is sharing information on the virtual meeting they have available.  NJ Mental Health Cares, the state’s behavioral health information and referral service, will now also offer help to people dealing with anxiety and worry related to COVID-19. The help line is available form 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week by live trained specialists.

Additionally, PDFNJ in coordination with the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services has created an online calendar, TodayNJ This virtual events calendar will promote substance use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery services throughout the state.  If any organization is looking to promote prevention treatment or recovery support events, please submit your information to:

I hope everyone continues to stay safe and well.

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