If you had to guess which is deadlier, America’s alcohol crisis or the opioid epidemic, you’d most likely choose the latter. But, you’d be wrong. The truth is, alcohol-related causes are responsible for more deaths each year than opioids. Yet, the opioid epidemic dominates headlines and news reports repeatedly. Why is that?
How Can We Help?
One way to make a difference in the alcohol crisis is to change our way of thinking about alcohol use. Our collective misperceptions and stigma surrounding alcoholism are not helping anyone. However, changing the public’s long-held misconceptions about alcohol consumption will be an uphill battle.
You can help. Find community events that sponsor education and prevention events and get involved. America’s alcohol crisis affects everyone in one way or another. So, each of us must do our part in bringing down the number of lives lost to this dreadful substance.
Also, if you know someone who is struggling with alcohol abuse, talk to them about a professional treatment program. When they are ready to get free from the hold alcohol has on their life, they can contact us at New Beginnings. One of our representatives will assist them in any way.