April is Alcohol Awareness Month!

  • April 8, 2019

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Alcoholism is a chronic disease. It’s not a weakness

Drinking too much alcohol increases people’s risk of injuries, violence, liver disease, and some types of cancer. April is Alcohol Awareness month and Whittier Street Health Center encourages you to educate yourself and your loved ones about the dangers of drinking too much.

The use and abuse of alcohol is a serious issue that should not be ignored or minimized. If left untreated, use and abuse can develop into alcoholism. If you are drinking too much, you can improve your health by cutting back or quitting. Here are some strategies to help you cut back or stop drinking:

  • Limit your drinking to no more than 1 drink a day for women or 2 drinks a day for men.
  • Keep track of how much you drink.
  • Choose a day each week when you will not drink.
  • Don’t drink when you are upset.
  • Limit the amount of alcohol you keep at home.
  • Avoid places where people drink a lot.
  • Make a list of reasons not to drink.

If you are concerned about your drinking, a health professional or a behavioral health specialist can conduct a formal assessment of your symptoms to see if an alcohol use disorder is present.

Alcoholism is a chronic disease. It’s not a weakness. Like many other diseases, it has known symptoms, and is influenced by your genes and your life situation.  The good news is that no matter how severe the problem may seem, most people with an alcohol use disorder can benefit from some form of treatment.  Ultimately, what may work for one person may not be a good fit for someone else. There is not a one-size-fit-all treatment for alcohol use disorder, but understanding the different options can be an important first step.

Whittier’s Behavioral Health Department offers accessible, weekly support for anyone seeking help with active or recent substance abuse/dependence. The Early Support and Recovery group, Mondays from 10-11, provides peer group support, treatment, motivation, psycho-education and orientation to substance abuse and mental health counseling as well as referral to psycho-pharmacology as indicated or to detox if needed. No referral is needed to attend the group.

Additional sobriety resources include:

Alcoholics Anonymous


Narcotics Anonymous



Education and support for friends and family members of individuals struggling with addiction


Learn to Cope

A note about Whittier and COVID-19

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in our area, we ask all clients and patients to call ahead before coming to any of our sites. We are working to take care of most clients/patients via phone/video encounter so we can meet your ongoing healthcare needs. This is for your safety and so we can provide the highest quality of care to you while following CDC guidance for COVID-19. Please call 617-427-1000 for any questions or concerns.

Whittier will provide COVID-19 testing from 10 am to 4 pm on Monday to Friday. Following CDC guidance, we recommend testing if you have a fever AND one of the following three symptoms: cough OR shortness of breath OR sore throat. Please bring your picture identification and your insurance card (if you have insurance).