Matthew Barnett on Why We Need to Take Alcoholism Seriously

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, a time to think about America’s number one health issue — alcoholism and alcohol-related problems. I work with many in Los Angeles who’ve found themselves homeless, and quite often substance abuse is the prevailing obstacle for them. This is the month for all of us to think about alcohol abuse, and what each of us can do to help those in its grip. For those who have learned to cope with problems in healthy ways and embrace life to the fullest, it’s a time to look for ways to help others, and that starts with awareness.

Alcohol may look cool in the hands of our favorite athlete or celebrity, but we must remember that what is in that glass is an addictive and deadly drug that is easily taken in excess. Over 250 people die daily as a result of alcohol abuse, shortening the life of the victim by an average of 29 years.

As many people in the US will die in five years of alcohol abuse as have died nationally during one pandemic. As a nation, we have shown extreme concern about the pandemic, but far less concern about alcohol or those who abuse it. Alcohol is the most widely used and abused substance by America’s youth. Media coverage of spring break has frequently shown hundreds of thousands of young Americans spending their days drunk with their friends.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Matthew Barnett