The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration declares April as Alcohol Awareness Month every year.
Alcohol Awareness Month is an opportunity to raise awareness of alcohol abuse and to encourage people to make healthy and safe choices. Alcohol is the number one drug problem in the United States.
Locally, we are saddened every year by deaths in crashes of cars, snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, motorcycles and boats caused by drunk drivers. We are so fortunate to live in a beautiful area where outdoor sports are so easy to enjoy. How unfortunate it is to have these exciting sports tarnished by unnecessary, totally preventable tragedies due to drinking and driving. The solution is simple: If you are going to drink, don't drive your car, your motorcycle, your snowmobile, your boat, or your ATV.
Please remember that alcohol and the safe operation of any motorized vehicle don't mix. Let's enjoy a happy and tragedy-free summer sporting season and a tragedy-free snowmobiling season next year.
If you or a loved one would like more information or help for a problem with alcohol, please call the HFM Prevention Council at 736-8188 or the New York State 24 hour HOPELINE at 1-877-8-HOPENY.
ANN BRENNAN RHODES
HFM Prevention Council