April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Nationwide, alcohol addiction costs U.S. businesses nearly $134 billion a year in sick leave, on-the-job accidents, and frequent workers’ compensation claims. Overall, the annual economic costs of alcohol-related problems exceeds $185 billion due to lost productivity, criminal justice and business and health care costs.

In 1990, the Institute of Medicine published its report, “Broadening the Base of Treatment for Alcohol Problems,” which recommends that patents in all medical settings be screened for the full range of problems that can accompany alcohol use and, when necessary, offer referral to addiction treatment services.  

Resources for Emergency Room Professionals

American College of Emergency Physicians provides screening tools, including a “Quick Reference Card.” 

Emergency Nurses Association provides an alcohol screening toolkit

 Resources for Primary Care Providers

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism publication, Helping Patients who Drink Too Much, including screening kits and patient questionnaires.

American Academy of Family Physicians, “Alcoholism in the Elderly.” 

Resources for Families, Schools, Youth Workers

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism 

Stop Underage Drinking: Portal of Federal Resources 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Locally, DanversCARES offers a host of prevention resources for parents and teens

Our Team 14 Program works with teens and their parents

Getting Help

In 1958, the eleven visionary people who founded the North Shore Committee on Alcoholism were inspired and driven by one truth: Millions of American can and do get treated and recover from alcoholism or problem drinking.

Is your drinking putting you at risk for health and other problems?  

  1. If you’re concerned, talk to your family doctor.
  2. We offer a range of outpatient counseling and treatment on the North Shore and in the Merrimack Valley: 978-968-1700.




Media Inquiries

We welcome the opportunity to work with the media.

Please note it is our policy that all media inquiries regarding any and all Lahey Health Behavioral Services must be made through the Department of Public Relations. Any representative from the media, including but not limited to film crews, reporters, producers, and photographers, must be accompanied by a representative from the Department of Public Relations.

While we must abide by federal HIPAA (patient privacy) laws, we will do everything we can to help you tell your story, meet your deadline and find qualified sources to speak to the issues of mental health, addiction treatment, family services and integrated care models.

You can reach us Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. by contacting the Media Relations Department:


If you need to reach a member of the media relations team after normal business hours, please page them at 781.256.9373 and a member of the department will get back to you.