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Alcohol and Drug Awareness in the United States has been a pressing issue for over a century.  With rates of both adult and teen alcoholism on the rise, our culture has been continuing to seek ways to gain more understanding of both the risks and consequences of alcohol and/or drug abuse.  As of 2011, there are several ways adults and adolescents can gain knowledge and become more educated on this topic.  Here are a few suggestions to improve Alcohol and Drug Awareness:

1. Take a class that is live.  Alcohol and Drug awareness courses can be located fairly easily through your local chemical dependency facility.

The advantage to a group format is that you can listen to other people experience with alcohol or drugs while you are gaining knowledge and understanding of the issues.  The downside of this experience is that classes may be offered at inconvenient times, be expensive and provide no privacy.

2. Take an online alcohol awareness class or drug education course.  Online programs should be offered by licensed and trained provider who's credentials can be verified.  Online classes are an excellent way to gain skills without having to leave school, work, family or other obligations and still have a quality learning experience.  Just like their live in person counterpart, online classes are a great way to fulfill an court, legal or other requirement.  Not only are alcohol awareness classes available online but so are minor in possession courses.  

The advantage to an online class is that they are much more affordable, easier to attend, and do require the participant to share personal information with strangers.  Online classes can also be more effective from the standpoint of requiring short quizzes and a final exam.

No matter how you choose to take an alcohol or drug awareness class, pick a format that feels most comfortable to you.  Know that taking the class might be one of the best decisions you've ever made.