World No Alcohol Day is a day to celebrate and promote sobriety! On this day, we call on people to say “no” to alcoholic beverages and to spend their time with a clear mind. The issue of alcoholism remains relevant and so we must join forces to fight it.
The day was first established in 2008. India was the initiator and was quickly supported by other nations in Southeast Asia, as well as the World Health Organization. Today, the message to abstain from alcohol is being spread through television and radio, popular stars, presenters, and politicians. Programs are being created to tell the stories of those who have strayed from the path of sobriety.
For many, alcohol is a harmless pastime. If consumed in moderation, it can be a way to spend time with friends and have fun. However, for some, alcohol can provide an escape from stress and a way to forget, sometimes leading to disastrous consequences. Excessive drinking is hazardous to your health and can even lead to death.
Did you know that:
- every 50 minutes in the US someone dies from a drunk-driving accident;
- brain cells react to alcohol within 6 minutes;
- the strongest beer has a 67.5% alcohol content;
- 31% of deaths among rock stars are attributed to bad habits;
- abstaining from alcohol for just a month can improve the functioning of many parts of the body;
- coffee can help to reduce liver damage;
- ethanol literally “dries out” the human brain.
How to take part
Gather your family together and talk to them about the dangers of alcohol. Pay special attention to teenagers and demonstrate to them that it is possible to have fun without drinking. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcoholism, seek help from support groups and self-help organizations.
When is World No Alcohol Day in 2023?
World No Alcohol Day is observed on October 2 each year.