Alcohol Awareness Month

Pensacola, Fla. (April 2, 2019)–During April we observe Alcohol Awareness Month. The No. 1 abused substance is still alcohol. Observances like this one help others understand the disease, reduce stigma and encourage the community to focus on treatments. A few tips to share include:

· Volunteering can improve your mental health and improve your attitude. 

·  Caring for a pet can help you cope with alcohol abuse triggers such as depression, anxiety and stress. 

·  Conversation starters for a loved one include:

·  Practicing mindfulness such as meditation or yoga can complement your recovery journey. 

·  Have you ever wondered how many calories are in your alcoholic drink of choice? Check out this online resource: https://www.rethinkingdrinking.niaaa.nih.gov/tools/calculators/calorie-calculator.aspx

·  Make a list of the pros and cons of drinking too much and reflect on it often during your recovery.

·  Instead of thinking, "I ’m not allowed to drink," remind yourself that you are in control. It's your choice.

·  Have a response ready when offered a drink: No, thank you. I'm abstaining while I focus on my health.

· Start recovery with small changes, like tracking how much and how often you drink. Then set limits.

·  Drinking too much alcohol can increase your risk of injury, violence, drowning, liver disease, and some types of cancer.

Lakeview Center has inpatient, outpatient and residential services that can help someone struggling with this disease. For more information visit eLakeviewCenter.org or call 850.469.3500.