Alcohol-Free Weekend, traditionally observed during Alcohol Awareness Month in April, is scheduled for April 5 through 7.

Alcohol Awareness Month, founded and sponsored by Facing Addiction with the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Inc. (NCADD) since 1987, is a national grassroots effort observed by communities throughout the United States to support prevention, research, education, intervention, treatment and recovery from alcoholism and alcohol-related problems.

During Alcohol-Free Weekend, Fort Bragg encourages community members to abstain from drinking alcoholic beverages for a 72-hour period to demonstrate that alcohol isn’t necessary to have a good time. If participants find it difficult to go without alcohol during this period, they are urged to call their Substance Use Disorder Care Clinic (SUDCC), primary care physician, or Employee Assistance Program for information about alcoholism.

Throughout the month of April, there will be several alcohol-related displays, events, trainings, media messages, and outreach efforts focused on the awareness of alcohol and the importance of making low-risk choices in regards to using alcohol.

Alcohol Awareness Month offers community organizations concerned about individuals, families and children an opportunity to work together to not only raise awareness and understand about the negative consequences of alcohol, but to highlight the need for local action and services focused on prevention, treatment and recovery.