According to Hawaii News Now, more than 20% of the adult Hawaiian population consumes alcohol to excess. Compare this to the already-high national average of 18% per state and it’s clear there’s an issue. Worse yet, more than one Hawai’i resident annually perishes from alcohol-related causes. An overwhelming 38% of traffic fatalities in Hawai’i involves alcohol.
Of all fifty states, Hawai’i is among the most popular vacation states. For many Americans, vacation means having drinks. That being said, a clear connection exists between tourism and alcohol abuse, and with 1 of every 5 Hawaiian natives abusing alcohol, it’s safe to say drinking is an issue in The Aloha State. Fortunately, there’s help, free of cost, and lots of it. Alcoholism is a disease, and the cure begins with helping yourself. Let us help you do just that.
Alcohol Awareness Hotline
The website alcoholawareness.org sponsors a 24/7 hotline that offers free help to anyone suffering from alcohol abuse. Call 855-955-0771 to be connected to a specialist who will listen and help in any way possible. The site also offers direct links to helpful resources and support groups. Their mission is to raise awareness of alcohol abuse by means of offering free help and resources. Call today.
Sponsored by the Hawaiian Department of Health, Hawai’I CARES is “a free mental health and substance use call center,” according to its website. Citizens of any of the Hawaiian Islands can call 808-832-3100 or for a toll-free option, 800-753-6879. You’ll be connected to a crisis screener who will direct you to the most appropriate resource.
The state’s Alcohol & Drug Abuse Division (ADAD) is the primary source for the funding of publicly available substance abuse recovery. According to the website, the “ADAD’s treatment efforts are designed to promote a statewide, culturally appropriate, comprehensive system of services to meet the treatment and recovery needs of individuals and families.” Call them at 808-692-7506 for more information.