The holiday season is here…
Just about 12 days ago we gathered to celebrate Thanksgiving. We may have had just a quiet celebration with our immediate family members, or maybe we traveled a long distance to be with extended family. It could be we couldn’t be home for the holiday so we found ourselves with a few friends or maybe just one good friend. Many people this year had to work on Thanksgiving and some may have volunteered to feed the homeless. When all things are considered it is a beautiful time of the year, and yet so many of us worry that our loved ones may drink too much or maybe we worry about our own propensity to drink too much.
After all, Christmas is just two and one-half weeks away followed by the New Years Eve holiday. There will be company parties, informal gatherings, and family get-togethers. And in most households alcohol will be served. So we thought today we would share a new resource to learn more about alcohol and the holidays.
NIAAA to host Twitter Chat about holiday drinking
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) will host a Twitter Chat on December 12, 2013, at 3:00PM Eastern Standard Time (EST). The topic is:
“Alcohol & the Holidays: What you Need to Know”
The chat will be co-hosted by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc (NCADD) and the scientific expert will be Dr. Aaron White, Ph.D. To participate or to just follow along utilize the hashtag #NIAAAChat
Chat topics to be discussed
According to the NIAAA website the topics to be covered will be:
- If you choose to drink, how to celebrate safely
- Stats about drunk driving
- Evidence based advice for any who are considering reducing their drinking in the New Year
- After affects of a night of too much drinking
You can also choose to follow both @NIAAAnews and @NCADDNational on Twitter. But remember, you do not need to follow either one to participate in the CHAT.
Do you know what a Twitter Chat is?
Simply put, a Twitter Chat is an interactive conversation at a specific time on Twitter. If you have a Twitter profile, then you may be familiar with or have participated in a Twitter Chat. Basically you take the following steps:
1. Sign into your Twitter account about 10 minutes before the scheduled chat.
2. In the search box type in the #NIAAAChat and search for results
3. You will see results like this:
4. The results will keep updating as the chat proceeds. 5. You can choose to reply, retweet, ask a question, BUT in order to participate your tweet MUST include the hashtag #NIAAAChat; otherwise the other participants will not see your tweets. It can move quickly, don’t be nervous…just watch the conversation.
Here is the good news. If you cannot participate at the appointed time of 3:00PM EST, then you can always sign into your Twitter account, search for the hashtag #NIAAAChat and read the transcript at your leisure.
Why is this Twitter Chat important?
It is important to understand a few statistics regarding alcohol use in the United States. According the NCADD website:
“Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the United States- 17.6 million people, or one in every 12 adults, suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence along with several million more who engage in risky, binge drinking patterns that could lead to alcohol problems. More than half of all adults have a family history of alcoholism or problem drinking, and more than 7 million children live in a household where at least one parent is dependent on or has abused alcohol.”
In today’s quick paced world, social media has become one more resource for people to learn and gather information about the disease of addiction, particularly alcoholism.
Wishing you a beautiful and healthy holiday season…
One final word, as you prepare to celebrate the holidays, we would like to remind you that it is often during the holiday season that family members realize that an intervention is needed for their loved one. Remember an interventionist is a mediator and necessary component to getting the loved one into a suitable drug and alcohol treatment program. Often, this is too great of a feat for the family and loved ones to do on their own because they are too emotionally involved with and impacted by the addict’s behaviors and despair. Interventionists provide knowledge where there is confusion, clarity where there is fog, solution where there is dismay and hope where there is despair.