State joins long-standing effort to combat underage drinking
RALEIGH, NC—April 12, 2017: Governor Roy Cooper has proclaimed April as Alcohol Awareness Month in North Carolina, joining the long-standing, national grassroots effort to raise awareness of and to combat underage drinking.
“Underage drinking and alcohol misuse are serious issues in North Carolina,” said NC ABC Commission Chairman Zander Guy. “I’m proud Governor Cooper is positioning the state of North Carolina to take a strong stand to address these issues head-on.”
Founded by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) more than 30 years ago, this April marks the 31st Annual Alcohol Awareness Month. The goal of this year’s theme—Connecting the Dots: Opportunities for Recovery, A Comprehensive Approach to Addressing Underage Drinking—is to shed light on the many resources individuals, families, and communities have to help prevent underage alcohol use.
In keeping with this theme, the statewide Talk It Out campaign, is joining forces with community partners across North Carolina in recognition of Alcohol Awareness Month, with more than 10 events planned to address underage drinking.
According to NC ABC Commission research, 94 percent of North Carolina students believe underage drinking is a problem. In fact, 8 in 10 middle schoolers believe that hearing from their parents more about alcohol use would help stop the problem.
“I urge parents across North Carolina to join us this April in our mission to prevent underage drinking. The first thing parents can do is talk to their children about the many dangers associated with underage drinking,” said Chairman Guy.
Governor Cooper, along with the NC ABC Commission, NC Department of Public Safety and other community organizations are working together at all levels to change the culture and to stop underage drinking.
Click here for the 2017 Alcohol Awareness Month proclamation.