April is Alcohol Awareness Month, we at Makison Insurance want to pay special attention to how you can enjoy responsibly enjoy alcohol while proactively protecting yourself from the risks and dangers alcohol can pose when abused. It is our goal to provide a better understanding of what alcoholism is, a concept we find can often be misunderstood in today’s culture.
Established in 1987, Alcohol Awareness Month was established in order to make sure the American public was properly informed on alcohol, alcoholism, and recovery. The founders of Alcohol Awareness Month believed that spreading this vital information would help reduce the stigma that is often associated with alcoholism.
Alcoholism: let’s focus on that word for a moment. It’s a word we hear a lot these days, but do we fully understand what it means and the implications of using that word? According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Inc., or the NCADD, Alcoholism is a chronic, progressive disease, genetically predisposed and potentially fatal if untreated. However, it is also just as important to note that people can and do recover. That’s what approximately 20 million individuals are doing at this very moment in the United States: recovering from alcoholism. That’s what makes Alcohol Awareness Month so special: it is an exceptional opportunity to decrease modern misunderstandings associated with alcoholism and provide education on its recovery and treatment.
So, what can you do to properly recognize and participate in Alcohol Awareness Month? The most vital part of Alcohol Awareness Month is Alcohol-Free Weekend. Annually occurring in the first week of April, Alcohol Free Weekend seeks to raise public awareness about the consumption of alcohol and how it impacts our families and community. Everyone is invited to engage in these three alcohol-free days.
Makison Insurance wants to keep you and your loved ones safe from anything that can damage your wellbeing.  That’s why we want to do everything we can to recognize Alcohol Awareness Month by educating you on alcohol and alcoholism. Stop by our offices at 1902 N. Woodbine Rd. in the heart of St. Joseph to learn more about Alcohol Awareness Month and our insurance services. You can also give us a call with your questions or to schedule an upcoming appointment at 816-271-5444.

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