April, 2016

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Communities Talk:  Town Hall Meeting on Underage Drinking Prevention

Monday, May 9, 2016
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Bethel College will be hosting the meeting and Mrs. Becky Savage will be our keynote speaker and share her story of personal loss. She will then be joined by a panel of local experts for a Q & A session.  

The evening is a collaboration between AARC and the Partnership for Education and Prevention of Substance Abuse (PEPSA) and is funded by a grant from the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  

There is no charge but registration is required as seating is limited. A light supper will be served from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and the program will start promptly at 6:00 p.m. 

Seats must be reserved through Event Brite:  


Drinking too much alcohol increases people's risk of injuries, violence, drowning, liver disease, and some types of cancer. This April during Alcohol Awareness Month, AARC encourages you to educate yourself and your loved ones about the dangers of drinking too much.

If you are drinking too much, you can improve your health by cutting back or quitting. Here are some strategies to help you cut back or stop drinking:
  • Limit your drinking to no more than 1 drink a day for women or 2 drinks a day for men.
  • Keep track of how much you drink.
  • Choose a day each week when you will not drink.
  • Don't drink when you are upset.
  • Avoid places where people drink a lot.
  • Make a list of reasons not to drink.
  • If you are concerned about someone else's drinking, offer to help.

If these strategies aren't enough, consider seeking help. Call AARC for local resources or visit us online.
Parents Can Make a Difference in Teen Alcohol Use


Founded and sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD), Alcohol Awareness Month was established in 1987 to help reduce the stigma so often associated with alcoholism by encouraging communities to reach out to the American public each April with information about alcohol, alcoholism and recovery. Alcoholism is a chronic, progressive disease, genetically predisposed and fatal if untreated. However people can and do recover. In fact, it is estimated that as many as 20 million individuals and family members are living lives in recovery!

Alcohol Awareness Month provides a focused opportunity across America to increase awareness and understanding of alcoholism, its causes, effective treatment and recovery. It is an opportunity to decrease stigma and misunderstandings in order to dismantle the barriers to treatment and recovery, and thus, make seeking help more readily available to those who suffer from this disease.

The 2016 theme, "Talk Early, Talk Often: Parents Can Make a Difference in Teen Alcohol Use," is designed to draw attention to the role parents can play in preventing teen alcohol use. Reducing underage drinking is critical to securing a healthy future for America's youth and in a society that continually promotes alcohol and drug use at every level, the need to provide education on the dangers of alcohol and/or drug abuse and its effects on children is great -- and parents need to know the important part they can play in this  effort.

Learn more at  www.ncadd.org

Parents Who Host Lose the Most is primarily a media campaign, designed to run in tandem with Alcohol Awareness Month. AARC's goal is to provide families, schools and organizations with supplemental materials, including yard signs and stickers, as well as information on educating the public to the laws, liabilities and regulations associated with house parties. Watch for advertisements in the South Bend Tribune, on our Facebook page, and at the Town Hall meeting.

Alcohol & Addictions Resource Center | (574) 234-6024 |www.aarcinfo.org