Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the United States with one in every 12 adults imbibing on a regular basis. As a matter of fact, more than half of all adults have a family history of alcoholism or problem drinking, and more than 10 percent of children live in a household where at least one parent has a problem with alcohol.
Young people aged 12-20 years old drink 11 percent of all alcohol consumed in the United States with 90% of that group participating in binge drinking. In fact, people who begin drinking before age 15 are five times more likely to develop alcohol dependence than those who begin drinking at age 21.
Fortunately, we can work together to discourage alcohol abuse in our young people. When kids have regular conversations with parents, educators, and other role models about the dangers of drugs and alcohol, they’re 50 percent less likely to use these substances than those who don’t have such conversations.
The Hillsborough Township Committee is pleased to join the National Council On Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) in proclaiming April 2019 as Alcohol Awareness Month in Hillsborough Township.
The Hillsborough Township Committee calls upon all Hillsborough citizens, parents, governmental agencies, public and private institutions, businesses, and schools in Hillsborough Township to support the efforts that will reduce stigma, increase community awareness, and increase support for individuals and families coping with alcoholism. Together, we can provide “Help for Today and Hope for Tomorrow” for those in our community who are facing challenges with alcohol use and abuse.