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Alcohol Awareness Month ---April 2002

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) has designated April 2002 as the 16th annual Alcohol Awareness Month. NCADD, in collaboration with CDC and other federal agencies and community organizations, will highlight the health risks associated with problem drinking and the importance of identification and intervention. The theme of this year's campaign is "Recovery: It's a Family Affair---and Everyone's Invited!"

April 11 is National Alcohol Screening Day; screening sites throughout the country will offer participants an educational presentation, a written screening questionnaire, and an opportunity to meet with a health-care professional. Online and telephone screening also will be available. Locations of screening sites are available at http://www.mentalhealthscreening.org/alcohol.htm, telephone, 800-405-9200. Press kits, fact sheets, and information about "Alcohol-Free Weekend" (April 5--7) are available at http://www.ncadd.org.

This issue of MMWR presents findings from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System regarding alcohol consumption among women of childbearing age in the United States, which indicate that frequent drinking and binge drinking during pregnancy continue to pose a risk to the healthy pregnancy outcomes of many women. CDC is conducting a comprehensive public health research program to prevent alcohol-exposed pregnancies and provide effective interventions for persons with fetal alcohol syndrome and other disorders caused by prenatal alcohol exposure. Information about CDC's programs and the health effects of prenatal alcohol exposure is available at http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/fas. Additional information is available at http://www.niaaa.nih.gov and at http://www.samhsa.gov.



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