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Started in April 1987, the main target of this program was originally college-aged students who might be drinking too much as part of their newfound freedom. It has since become a national movement to draw more attention to the causes and effects of alcoholism as well as how to help families and communities deal with drinking problems. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence and many other agencies try to increase their efforts to reach people who may not fully appreciate the dangers of unhealthy alcohol consumption.
Through the month of April 2023, we shared stories from real people about their struggles and history with alcohol in honor of Alcohol Awareness Month 2023.
Ignition interlock device customers tell us all the time that they wish they could go back to the day they got a DUI and make a different choice. Unfortunately they can't. But sometimes sharing their story with others helps in their journey.
If you missed any of the stories we shared, you can find them here:
- "I choose to break the cycle of alcoholism in my family." originally posted 4/7/23
- "I accumulated DUIs, I almost lost my career, my wife almost left me, and worst of all I just wanted to die." originally posted 4/15/23
- "I caused a wreck because I drove drunk." originally posted 4/21/23
You can also find many other stories posted to our blog. Here are a few stories featured during Alcohol Awareness Month 2022:
- "My dad was an alcoholic."
- "My ex was an alcoholic."
- "I was an alcoholic."
We'd love to hear from you. Our followers enjoy hearing real alcohol stories about real people, it helps people who are struggling to know they're not alone. These are not scripted and we do not guide our storytellers. It's your story and we simply let you tell it.
So what's your alcohol story? Maybe you or a loved one got a DUI? Maybe someone you love was hurt by a drunk driver? Maybe you were raised by an addict? Or you are one? Maybe you've lost a job or family over your drinking problem? Maybe you're willing to tell us your story? We will keep it anonymous. We're working on stories for Alcohol Awareness Month (April 2024) and would love some real stories/thoughts. Just email your story to email@example.com by March 20, 2024. Only share what you feel comfortable with us sharing on our blog, and keep in mind we will not use your name in the posts.
As long as you won’t be getting behind the wheel, it’s probably fine to enjoy a little alcohol. But if you or someone you know has trouble keeping the alcohol intake at a healthy level, it’s time to get help. Smart Start of Alabama offers tools to help with voluntary and mandated alcohol monitoring. Contact us today.
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