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The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • Be aware of the dangers of alcohol abuse

  • April is national Alcohol Awareness Month and the Steuben Council on Addictions is joining other organizations across the country to honor Alcohol Awareness Month to prevent alcohol abuse in our community.

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  • April is national Alcohol Awareness Month and the Steuben Council on Addictions is joining other organizations across the country to honor Alcohol Awareness Month to prevent alcohol abuse in our community.
    Alcohol is the drug most frequently abused by high school students in Steuben County, and its use is increasing. The 2012 Steuben County Risk & Protective Survey reported that 32.2% of Steuben high school 10th graders used alcohol in the past 30 days and 16.2% had 5 drinks or more atleast once in the past 30 days.  Youth usually try alcohol for the first time at just 10.5 years old, and 28.8% report they got the alcohol from home without  parents permission.  Underage drinking is a factor in nearly half of all teen automobile crashes and contributes to youth suicides, homicides and fatal injuries.   Drinking too much alcohol can also lead to health problems, including alcohol poisoning, hangovers, and an increased risk of heart disease. Additionally, alcohol abuse is linked to as many as two-thirds of all sexual assaults and date rapes of teens and college students and is a major factor in unprotected sex among youth, increasing their risk of contracting HIV or other transmitted diseases.
    While the issue of underage drinking is a complex problem, one that can only be solved through a sustained and cooperative effort between parents, schools, community leaders, and the youth themselves, there are three areas which have proven to be effective in prevention of underage drinking: curtailing the availability of alcohol, consistent enforcement of existing laws and regulations, and changing cultural misconceptions and behaviors through education.
    This April, during Alcohol Awareness Month the Steuben Council on Addictions encourages you to take time to educate yourself and your loved ones about the dangers of alcohol abuse.  
    James M. Bassage
    Prevention Director
    Steuben Council on Addictions
    Catholic Charities Steuben

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