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April Brings Awareness to Alcohol Abuse and Distracted Driving

April Brings Awareness to Alcohol Abuse and Distracted Driving

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) have marked April as the month to raise awareness for alcohol abuse, with the National Safety Council also recognizing April as Distracted Driving Month. These are important topics to cover not only in your personal life, but also in the workplace.

Alcohol Abuse Awareness

People drink to socialize, celebrate, and relax. However, alcohol often has a strong effect on people, and excessive alcohol use can lead to increased risk of health problems such as injuries, violence, liver diseases, and cancer. According to the NCADD, alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the United States, with close to 15 million full-time employees in the United States being heavy drinkers of alcohol, taking a significant toll on work organizations:


The NCADD rightly points out that work can be an important and effective place to address alcoholism and other drug issues through the establishing or promoting of substance-abuse support programs.

Distracted Driving

Of course we all know that we should never drive after we’ve been indulging in our favorite alcoholic beverages. But what about that “one quick phone call” when we’re behind the wheel or that “it will just take a second” text message we want to read? That’s distracted driving, and it can be just as deadly as driving while under the influence. According to the United States Department of Transportation, distracted driving is any non-driving activity a person engages in that has the potential to distract him or her from the primary task of driving and increase the risk of crashing, including visual, manual, and cognitive distractions.

Though some activities while driving may seem harmless enough, the consequences of not paying attention on the road can be disastrous to you and those around you. The number one most dangerous type of distracted driving is texting, with the second being drunk driving. Other types of distracting activities include:

How critical is the fight against distracted driving? In the U.S., the federal government has created a dedicated website to raise awareness, called http://www.distraction.gov/. This site reveals some surprising facts on distracted driving:

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