WHEREAS, the month of April has been designated as Alcohol Abuse Awareness Month in North Carolina; and
WHEREAS, across our nation, alcohol abuse is a major public health problem that affects Americans from all communities and of all ages, races and ethnic backgrounds; and
WHEREAS, alcohol kills more children than all illegal drugs combined; and
WHEREAS, over 34 percent of North Carolina high school students report having at least one drink of alcohol on one or more of the past 30 days; and underage drinkers consume nearly 10 percent of all alcohol sold in North Carolina, totaling $526 million in sales; and
WHEREAS, 46 percent of North Carolinians 18-34 years old and 31 percent of citizens 35-44 years old report binge drinking in the past month; and
WHEREAS, alcohol is defined by the World Health Organization as a Group 1 Carcinogen and is the third leading preventable cause of cancer; and
WHEREAS, underage drinking alone costs the citizens of North Carolina $1.5billion in medical care, work loss, and pain and suffering associated with the multiple problems resulting from the use of alcohol by youth; and
WHEREAS, two out of three teens aged 13-18 say it is easy to get alcohol from their homes without their parents’ knowledge; and
WHEREAS, parents can have a significant impact on their children's decision not to drink alcohol by creating clear family guidelines that set a "no alcohol" rule and by supporting this rule with "zero tolerance;" and
WHEREAS, minimizing access to alcohol creates a barrier and can protect children from harm; and
WHEREAS, alcohol abuse and dependency is treatable, however, stigma remains an issue that can cause people to avoid treatment and, as such, the State of North Carolina is working to decrease the stigma associated with alcohol abuse and dependence through increased awareness, education, discussion and community mobilization; and
WHEREAS, the State of North Carolina is working to mobilize efforts within communities across our state to implement strategies that prevent alcohol abuse and dependency by decreasing underage access to alcohol, changing community norms that promote underage and excessive alcohol consumption and addressing policies pertaining to underage and excessive drinking;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, PAT McCRORY, Governor of the State of North Carolina, do hereby proclaim April 2013, as “ALCOHOL ABUSE AWARENESS MONTH” in North Carolina, and commend its observance to all citizens.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the Great Seal of the State of North Carolina at the Capitol in Raleigh this third day of April in the year of our Lord two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.