Drinking too much alcohol can lead to health problems, including alcohol poisoning, hangovers, and an increased risk of heart disease. This April, during Alcohol Awareness Month, the Van Buren County SAFE Coalition encourages you to take this time to educate yourself and your loved ones about the dangers of alcohol abuse. To spread the word and prevent alcohol abuse, the Van Buren County SAFE Coalition is joining other organizations across the country to honor Alcohol Awareness Month and to prevent alcohol abuse in our community.
If you are drinking too much, you can improve your health by cutting back or quitting. Keep track of how much you drink, avoid places where overdrinking occurs, and find new ways to deal with stress. If you are concerned about someone else’s drinking, offer to help.
Locally the following agencies are available to help you and your family:
SIEDA Substance Abuse Services 800-622-8340
Alcohol and Drug Dependency Services of Southeast Iowa 319-753-6567
Iowa Substance Abuse Information 866-242-4111
Alcoholics Anonymous 319-293-9191
To help parents in preventing and reducing adolescent alcohol and drug use, The Partnership at drugfree.org provides information and tools through its website, its community education programs, and its public service messages.
Other Parent Web Resources:
• www.timetotalk.org- Great Parent Talk Kit
• www.madd.org/powertalk21 has a free Power of Parents, It’s Your Influence Handbook
Teen Web Resources:
For additional information you may contact the SAFE Coalition at 319-293-6412, firstname.lastname@example.org or check us out at www.vbsafecoalition.com and on Facebook.