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Workshop on alcoholism among South Asians


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ISELIN, NJ — Alcoholism is a growing problem in the South Asian community in the US.

People are often unaware of the issues caused by excessive drinking. Myths about alcohol use in the community prevail.

They obscure facts about the consequences of alcoholism while destroying lives, careers and families. Shame and embarrassment often prevent those most in need from seeking treatment.

The South Asian Mental Health Initiative and Network (SAMHIN) recognizes the problem of alcoholism in the South Asian community and has, besides other events and programs, held free-of-charge South Asian Alcoholics Anonymous meetings to help those with drinking problems.

The meetings are held every Thursday 8pm-9pm. at the First Presbyterian Church in Iselin, New Jersey.

On September 17, SAMHIN will be holding a free 3-hour workshop titled "Alcoholism in South Asians- – Myths & Realities", aimed at bringing to light the issue of alcoholism in the community.

Attendees will have the opportunity to listen to personal stories of alcoholism, recovery and hope. They will gain a deeper understanding of the serious public health problem of drinking among adolescents and the devastating cycle of addiction.

They will receive valuable information about available treatment resources and solutions. The program is free and the presentations and a question-answer session will be followed by dinner.

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