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April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Lake County, Calif. (April 10, 2017) - Lake County Behavioral Health Department recognizes April as Alcohol Awareness Month.

Drinking too much alcohol increases people’s risk of injuries, violence, drowning, liver disease, and some types of cancer. This April during Alcohol Awareness Month, Lake County Behavioral Health encourages everyone to educate themselves about the dangers of excessive alcohol consumption.

According to California Highway Patrol data, Lake County had 107 alcohol-related crashes in 2016 — seven of which were fatal.

To spread the word and prevent alcohol abuse, Lake County Behavioral Health (LCBH) is joining other organizations across the county to honor Alcohol Awareness Month.  LCBH provides alcohol abuse prevention, intervention and treatment services by offering individual, family, group counseling and education.  This is done in collaboration with and support from local partner agencies.  

Lake County Behavioral Health suggests that if you are drinking too much, you can improve your health by cutting back or quitting.

Here are some strategies to help you cut back or stop drinking:

Limit your drinking to no more than one drink per day for women or two drinks per day for men.
Keep track of how much you drink.
Choose a day each week when you will not drink.
Don’t drink when you are upset.
Avoid places where people drink a lot.
Make a list of reasons not to drink.
If you are concerned about someone else’s drinking, offer to help.

Alcohol-related crashes and injuries are entirely preventable, and discussions about the harmful effects of binge drinking can increase awareness about an issue that continues to impact Lake County.

For more information, please contact Lake County Behavioral Health at 707-274-9101 or 707-994-7090.