March 31, 2004
“SAVE A LIFE - END UNDERAGE DRINKING.”
APRIL IS ALCOHOL AWARENESS MONTH
Charlotte, NC - April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and the Mecklenburg County Health Department’s “Fighting Back” program will sponsor and participate in a variety of events to support research, education, intervention and treatment for alcoholism and alcohol-related problems.
To kick-off the month-long program, the Health Department and Project SAFE Neighborhoods will partner to sponsor an Alcohol-Free Weekend, April 2 - 4. Both organizations are encouraging parents and other adults to abstain from drinking alcoholic beverages for a 72-hour period to show young people that alcohol isn't necessary to have a good time. If participants discover they can't go without a drink during this period, they are urged to call toll free 1-800-622-2255 for support and information about alcoholism.
Project SAFE Neighborhoods will sponsor a “Community Empowerment Workshop” on April 3, 2004, at McCreesh Place, 2120 N. Davidson St., starting at noon. Presenters will include representatives from Alcohol Law Enforcement (ALE) and North Carolina’s ABC Division as well as a spokesperson to talk about health-related issues surrounding alcohol. Other community events and workshops are scheduled throughout the month.
Alcohol Awareness Month is observed by communities throughout the United States and sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence since 1987. This is an opportunity for organizations with different or similar missions to work together and raise awareness about the negative consequences of alcohol abuse with a focus on underage drinking.
Local organizations collaborating with the Health Department include the Bethlehem Center, Charlotte Housing Authority, Chemical Dependency Center, Dell Curry Foundation, Independence Through Education, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), National Kidney Foundation of North Carolina, NC Alcohol Law Enforcement (ALE), and Substance Abuse Prevention Services (SAPS).
Project SAFE Neighborhoods is a nationwide project to reduce gun crime in America by networking existing local programs such as law enforcement, community outreach and substance abuse services to achieve this common goal.
The Fighting Back Program is a successful community-based initiative of the Mecklenburg County Health Department established in 1991 to fight substance abuse and other health-related community problems, including crime and violence. Throughout its 11-year history, the Fighting Back Program has effectively engaged thousands of neighborhood residents in a comprehensive campaign to “fight back” against those who are involved in the trafficking and usage of alcohol, prescription and illegal drugs.
For more information on other Alcohol Awareness Month events, call Martha Threatt at 704-336-8630.
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