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The Blotter
With Sergeant E. Flax, NPD

April is National Alcohol Awareness Month.

You may not have known this but April (2015) is National Alcohol Awareness Month. As I researched this article, I was alarmed at what the numbers show regarding adolescent alcohol use and abuse. Whether its binge drinking or heavy drinking the age range is alarming, it tends to hover between 12-20 years old and use and abuse seem to be in the millions across the country.

According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), April 2015 marks the 29th Alcohol Awareness Month. Started in 1987, this month is dedicated to educating people about the treatment and prevention of alcoholism, especially among our adolescents and teens. Alcohol is the number one drug of choice for America’s youth, and is more likely to kill young people than all illegal drugs combined. (NCADD, 2015)

April 3-5, 2015 was Alcohol-Free Weekend. You can have your own alcohol free weekend anytime. I challenge each and everyone to accept a challenge and set this time aside and educate yourself or someone else on the dangers of adolescent drinking.

The Norfolk Police Department supports this initiative by providing random Sobriety Check-Points, alcohol and substance abuse education through the elementary, middle and high school system and DUI presentations within the local colleges. To find out more about what programs the department offers please call our Crime Prevention Unit at (757) 664-6901.

Stay safe and stay sober! And as always keep those tips and suggestions coming to eric.flax@norfolk.gov and I look forward to “Seeing You In The Green Sector Downtown”

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