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To The Editor:

April is the 27th Annual NCADD alcohol awareness month. Founded and sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, the theme this year is “Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow.”

No substance of abuse is more widely used and abused by America’s youth than alcohol, making alcoholism and alcohol-related problems the number-one public health problem in the United States.

Addressing this issue requires a sustained and cooperative effort between parents, schools, colleges, community leaders, and our youth. The widespread prevalence of underage drinking and the negative consequences it creates remain a stubborn and destructive problem despite decades of efforts to combat it. Yet there are four areas that have proven to be effective in prevention of this problem: curtailing the availability of alcohol to underage populations; consistent enforcement of existing laws and regulations regarding alcohol purchases; changing cultural misconceptions and behaviors about alcohol use through education; and expanded access to treatment and recovery support for adolescents and their families.

Studies reveal that alcohol consumption by adolescents results in brain damage — possibly permanent — and impaired intellectual development.

So let’s get started providing “Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow.” We can’t afford to wait any longer.

Amber Sullivan, CPS

Seaway Valley Council for

Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention Inc.

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