April is Alcohol Awareness Month — Know the facts


  • Alcoholism is the third-leading cause of preventable
    deaths in the U.S.
  • Risk factors associated with alcohol abuse are:
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Family genetics
  • Heavy drinking is defined as consuming eight or more alcoholic beverages per week for women and 15 or more alcoholic beverages per week for men.
  • Approximately 17 million adults 18 and older have an alcohol use disorder — about 11.2 million men and 5.7 million women.
  • Only about 1.4 million adults receive treatment for an alcohol use disorder at a specialized facility.

If you or a loved one has an alcohol problem, the UF Health Florida Recovery Center can help. The team offers four levels of care for alcohol addiction — detox, day treatment, residential treatment and outpatient treatment. The UF Health Shands Employee Assistance Program also offers help for employees struggling with alcohol abuse or addiction. Contact FRC by calling 855-265-4FRC (4372) or EAP by calling 352-265-5493.