April 1, 2021 – The month of April has been designated Alcohol Awareness Month in the USA since 1987. This national movement was established to draw attention to the causes and effects of alcohol abuse, educate communities, reduce the stigma around alcoholism, and provide recovery solutions. In a Georgia Student Health Survey of 14,123 students in the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System, 17% reported having had their first drink at age 15 or younger. Early drinking by minors creates risk factors for alcohol use disorders later in life and one local organization, Beyond The Bell Savannah, is focusing on early prevention of underage drinking not only in April, but all year long.
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