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SR ACT Highlights April Alcohol Awareness Month

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, however San Rafael ACT (SR ACT) wants to remind our Marin community that reducing youth access to alcohol is a year 'round responsibility. Throughout the month of April, SR ACT will share different ways, activities, and opportunities parents and other adults can help to speak to their youth about underage drinking.

"NCADD Alcohol Awareness Month, held every April, was founded by and has been sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) since 1987 to increase public awareness and understanding aimed at reducing the stigma associated with alcoholism that too often prevents individuals and families from seeking help.

For the 28th Anniversary of NCADD Alcohol Awareness Month, NCADD has chosen the theme "Help for Today. Hope For Tomorrow"

Unfortunately, still too many of our children are drinking alcohol, at too early an age. Much of it goes unnoticed and unchecked by adults. Unconcerned or unaware of the health risks, lacking in other coping skills, and eager to find peer acceptance, many teens are involved in regular alcohol use, which puts them at greater risk for alcoholism, as well as related problems like drunk driving, sexual assault, and further drug use.

Parents can help to reduce their children's risk of problem drinking by educating their kids and keeping a more watchful eye on them, especially as they enter middle schools and high school. We know that high levels of parental monitoring are associated with lower levels of both high school and eventually college drinking. Research has linked parents' disapproval of underage drinking to a lower risk of alcohol use, and that increased parent-child hostility has been tied to a greater likelihood of problem drinking.

NCADD Alcohol Awareness Month raises awareness while encouraging people to make healthy and safe choices when it comes to use of alcohol. It also opens a window of opportunity to address underage drinking, which is one of the reasons why NCADD Alcohol Awareness Month is recognized in April – the beginning of prom and graduation season. For additional information and resources: Learn About Alcohol. To learn more about the issue of underage drinking, FOR YOUTH: Underage and College Drinking." 

To learn more about NCADD Alcohol Awareness Month:
http://www.ncadd.org/index.php/in-the-news/1012-april-marks-28th-alcohol-awareness-month

Learn more about the Social Host Ordinance

English - http://www.scribd.com/doc/180037937/FINAL-ACT-palm-card-pdf

Spanish - http://www.scribd.com/doc/189075792/ACT-Palm-Card-en-Espanol-in-Spanish

The San Rafael Alcohol Compliance Team (ACT) has been created through a partnership with the San Rafael Police Department and the Marin County Department of Health & Human Services to reduce underage and excessive drinking in youth ages 12 – 25.

For more information please visit & LIKE San Rafael ACT today
https://www.facebook.com/SanRafaelACT

Stay tuned for more information on ACT and how you can get involved!

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Michael April 01, 2014 at 09:11 PM
same old rules/laws same old results. Why do Americans want to be such control freaks? The more we tell kids what they can't do the more many will work to do it. So let's continue along the same lines and expect a different outcome, right? That's insanity isn't it. There should be no laws restricting drinking at any age. These laws do not work. Awareness, diligent responsible parenting and education of our kids is a must. But laws don't stop anything. Same with pot. The more we tell youth no the more they want to do it. Insanity.

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