Alcohol Awareness Month
DECLARING ALCOHOL AWARENESS MONTH AS APRIL 2019
WHEREAS, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism warns that alcoholism is the third leading lifestyle related cause of death in the United States coming after tobacco and unhealthy diets/lack of exercise: and
WHEREAS, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) found that more than 15 million Americans over the age of 18 had an alcohol use disorder and about 623,000 young people between 12 and 18 were struggling with an alcohol disorder as well; and
WHEREAS, as stated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 111 million individuals report driving or operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol; and
WHEREAS, the CDC also states that alcohol-impaired drivers are responsible for more than 10,000 traffic related deaths each year. This figure represents roughly one-third of all annual traffic related deaths in the United States; and
WHEREAS, the prevalence of excessive alcohol use and alcohol-attributed mortality is much higher in the State of New Mexico than it is in any other State according to documents from the CDC; and
WHEREAS, the CDC goes on to state that age-adjusted deaths from alcohol- related chronic liver disease in New Mexico increased 52.5% from 14.1cases in 2010 to 21.5 cases in 2016, making it the leading cause of alcohol-attributable death in New Mexico; and
WHEREAS, New Mexico’s Indicator-Based Information System (IBIS) shows that there were 45 alcohol related deaths reported in Curry County in 2017; and
WHEREAS, on Saturday, April 27, 2019 the Curry County Health Council will host a Substance Abuse Awareness Symposium from 2-5 PM at the Youth Recreation Building in Clovis, NM at 1504 E. 7th Street, to bring awareness to the public of not only alcohol but drug addictions as well. This symposium will be held after the DEA Drug Take-Back Day to be held from 10 am until 2 pm at the Walgreens on Prince St. in Clovis.
THEREFORE, I, Chet Spear, Chairman of the Board of Curry County Commissioners now do hereby proclaim this month of April 2019 as Alcohol Awareness Month in Curry County and call upon all citizens, parents, governmental agencies, public and private institutions, businesses, hospitals, schools and colleges in Curry County to support efforts to provide early education about the problems with alcoholism and drug addiction and increase support for individuals and families coping with alcoholism.
DONE, this 2nd day of April 2019.