Rushville Republican

April 25, 2013

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Frank Denzler
Rushville Republican

RUSHVILLE — Since 1987, April has been designated Alcohol Awareness Month to draw public attention and increase awareness to understanding the roadblocks that may keep individuals and families from seeking the help they need and that is available.

Alcoholism is genetically predisposed and described as a chronic and progressive disease that left untreated can be fatal.

According to Rush County LCC coordinator Joe Jarman, who also works for the Rush County Probation Department, nearly daily he gets a firsthand view of the effect alcohol can have on an individual’s decision making, the effects it has on families and the impact it has on the workforce.

He recently said that roughly 30 percent of those on probation were originally arrested on alcohol related charges and that the figure may actually be higher than that.

Problems and health concerns arise when too much alcohol is consumed in a short period of time.

Alcohol is the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States with 80,000 Americans dying from alcohol related causes.

In the workplace, alcohol problems cost employers an estimated $225 billion in lost productivity, property damage and health care costs.

National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism studies find that an estimated 18 million Americans have an alcohol disorder and one in four children are raised in homes where at least one adult has a problem with alcohol.

Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222 x106