Healthy Communities Partnership to host substance-free bowling party
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[April 01, 2014]
Each April since 1987, the
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence has sponsored
NCADD Alcohol Awareness Month to increase public awareness and
understanding, reduce stigma, and encourage local communities to
focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues. This April, NCADD
highlights the important public health issue of underage drinking, a
problem with devastating consequences for individuals, families and
In Logan County, the Healthy Communities Partnership will host a
substance-free bowling party on Sunday at Logan Lanes in Lincoln.
Families are invited for an afternoon of free bowling, free food and
free giveaways —
all while celebrating a substance-free lifestyle. Bowling will be
available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Alcohol use by young people is
extremely dangerous — both to themselves and to society — and is
directly associated with traffic fatalities, violence, suicide,
educational failure, alcohol overdose, unsafe sex and other problem
behaviors. Annually, over 6,500 people under the age of 21 die from
alcohol-related accidents, and thousands more are injured.
Alcohol is the No.
1 drug of choice for America's young people and is more likely
to kill young people than all illegal drugs combined.
Each day, 7,000
kids in the United States under the age of 16 take their first
Those who begin
drinking before age 15 are four times more likely to develop
alcoholism than those who begin at age 21.
More than 1,700
college students in the U.S. are killed each year — about 4.65 a
day — as a result of alcohol-related injuries.
25 percent of U.S.
children are exposed to alcohol-use disorders in their family.
Underage alcohol use costs the nation
an estimated $62 billion annually.
Reducing underage drinking is critical to securing a healthy
future for America's youth and requires a cooperative effort from
parents, schools, community organizations, business leaders,
government agencies, the entertainment industry, alcohol
manufacturers and retailers, and young people.
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"Underage drinking is a complex issue," says Greg Muth, chairman
of the NCADD board of directors, "one that can only be solved
through a sustained and cooperative effort. As a nation, we need to
wake up to the reality that for some, alcoholism and addiction
develop at a young age and that intervention, treatment and recovery
support are essential for them and their families. We can't afford
to wait any longer."
An integral part of Alcohol Awareness Month is Alcohol-Free
Weekend, April 4-6, which is designed to raise public awareness
about the use of alcohol and how it may be affecting individuals,
families and the community.
During this 72-hour period, NCADD extends an open invitation to
all Americans, young and old, to participate in three alcohol-free
days and use this time to contact local NCADD affiliates and other
alcoholism agencies to learn more about alcoholism and its early
For more information about NCADD, underage drinking, NCADD
Alcohol Awareness Month and NCADD Alcohol-Free Weekend, visit the
NCADD website at www.ncadd.org.
For more information on the Healthy Communities Partnership,
www.healthycommunitiespartnership.com or email
[Text from file received from the
Healthy Communities Partnership
and the National Council on
Alcoholism and Drug Dependence]
The Healthy Communities Partnership is a community collaboration
connecting organizations, businesses, individuals and churches in
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