|April is Alcohol Awareness Month. Alcohol is one of the
drugs most commonly abused by young people and adults in the United
States, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Americans
drink alcohol for a number of reasons including relieving stress,
celebrating milestones, and relaxing with Family and friends.
Alcohol Awareness Month began as a way of reaching the American public
with information about the disease of alcoholism.
The main objective in April is to raise awareness of alcohol, alcohol
abuse, and alcoholism, and to encourage people to make healthy, safe
Alcohol is ...
Ethyl alcohol, or ethanol, is an
intoxicating ingredient found in beer, wine, and liquor.
Alcohol is produced by the fermentation of yeast, sugars, and
starches. It is a central nervous system depressant that is
rapidly absorbed from the stomach and small intestine into the
A standard drink equals 0.6 ounces of pure ethanol, or 12 ounces
of beer; 8 ounces of malt liquor; 5 ounces of wine; or 1.5
ounces (a “shot”) of 80-proof distilled spirits or liquor (gin,
rum, vodka, or whiskey).
An Alcohol Community Awareness Day will be held in conjunction with
National Alcohol Screening Day April 2 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at
McCoy’s, building 1571.
National Alcohol Screening Day is an outreach, education, and screening
program that raises awareness about alcohol misuse and refers
individuals with alcohol problems for further evaluation.
Interactive games, individual alcohol audits, and handouts will be
For those who are unable to attend the Alcohol Screening Day, an online
alcohol self-assessment is available at
An informative alcohol-prevention display featuring “That Guy” campaign
materials and Freedom From Alcohol handouts also will be featured at
McCoy’s, throughout April.
The Fort McCoy Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) staff encourages
everyone in the community to educate themselves and Family members about
the dangers of alcohol abuse.
Responsible decisions regarding alcohol consumption ensure the safety of
U.S. Soldiers, Family members, civilian employees, friends, and loved
Additional information can be found at the following links:
For further information, contact the Fort McCoy ASAP, building 1344, at
608-388-5955/2441 or by e-mail at
(Submitted by the Fort McCoy Army Substance Abuse Program.)