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March 23, 2012


McCoy ASAP to observe April as Alcohol Awareness Month with information, events

April is Alcohol Awareness Month. Alcohol is one of the drugs most commonly abused by young people and adults in the United States, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Americans drink alcohol for a number of reasons including relieving stress, celebrating milestones, and relaxing with Family and friends.

Alcohol Awareness Month began as a way of reaching the American public with information about the disease of alcoholism.
The main objective in April is to raise awareness of alcohol, alcohol abuse, and alcoholism, and to encourage people to make healthy, safe choices.

Alcohol is ...

Ethyl alcohol, or ethanol, is an intoxicating ingredient found in beer, wine, and liquor.

Alcohol is produced by the fermentation of yeast, sugars, and starches. It is a central nervous system depressant that is rapidly absorbed from the stomach and small intestine into the bloodstream.

A standard drink equals 0.6 ounces of pure ethanol, or 12 ounces of beer; 8 ounces of malt liquor; 5 ounces of wine; or 1.5 ounces (a “shot”) of 80-proof distilled spirits or liquor (gin, rum, vodka, or whiskey).

An Alcohol Community Awareness Day will be held in conjunction with National Alcohol Screening Day April 2 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at McCoy’s, building 1571.

National Alcohol Screening Day is an outreach, education, and screening program that raises awareness about alcohol misuse and refers individuals with alcohol problems for further evaluation.

Interactive games, individual alcohol audits, and handouts will be provided.

For those who are unable to attend the Alcohol Screening Day, an online alcohol self-assessment is available at www.AlcoholScreening.org.

An informative alcohol-prevention display featuring “That Guy” campaign materials and Freedom From Alcohol handouts also will be featured at McCoy’s, throughout April.

The Fort McCoy Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) staff encourages everyone in the community to educate themselves and Family members about the dangers of alcohol abuse.

Responsible decisions regarding alcohol consumption ensure the safety of U.S. Soldiers, Family members, civilian employees, friends, and loved ones.

Additional information can be found at the following links: www.acsap.army.mil, www.ThatGuy.com, www.drugabuse.gov, www.rethinkingdrinking.com, www.AlcoholScreening.org, and www.nhtsa.gov.

For further information, contact the Fort McCoy ASAP, building 1344, at 608-388-5955/2441 or by e-mail at gail.r.zuege.civ@mail.mil.

(Submitted by the Fort McCoy Army Substance Abuse Program.)

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