Melanie Blasko, Pres. & CEO
Alternate: John Keller, Chief Development Officer
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April is Alcohol Awareness Month
Mentor, OH. April 1, 2020: Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers is proud to participate in Alcohol Awareness Month. During Governor DeWine’s Stay at Home order people may be using more alcohol during times of stress as a coping mechanism or to fight boredom, it’s important to consider the importance of safe drinking habits. A World Health Organization (WHO) expert has called alcohol consumption an “unhelpful” strategy to cope with boredom during coronavirus lockdown after retailers have been overwhelmed by surging wine, beer and spirits sales this past month. The Ohio Division of Liquor Control reported 1.38 million gallons of spirits sold from March 1 – 29, a 23.7% increase from 1.11 million gallons sold in the same period in March 2019.
Alcohol awareness month gives us a chance to reflect on our drinking habits and make changes to help our overall health. Low risk drinking standards are no more than 2 drinks a day for men and no more than 1 drink a day for women.
To spread the word and prevent alcohol abuse, Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers is joining other organizations across the county and state to celebrate Alcohol Awareness Month. Some helpful tips are:
- Keep track of how much you drink
- Choose a day each week when you will not drink
- Don’t drink when you are upset
- Limit the amount of alcohol you keep at home
- Avoid places where people drink a lot
- Make a list of reasons not to drink
Adults who may have questions about their own alcohol use can find a questionnaire created by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIH) which is designed to help people examine their own alcohol usage. The questionnaire can be found on the NIH website at https://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/inscage.htm
For more information about alcohol addiction and awareness for you or a loved one, we encourage you to call
Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers at 440-255-0678 or visit us online at www.lgrc.us/services/.
Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers is a private, nonprofit agency providing continuous service to the community since 1971. Services at Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers are made possible due to the generous support of the Lake County ADAMHS Board, the Geauga Board of MHRS, and United Way of Lake & Geauga Counties.
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