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Grand Island: Council joins with One Island in proclaiming Alcohol Awareness Month

Fri, Apr 8th 2016 11:00 am
Pictured, from left, councilmen Chris Aronica and Ray Billica; Cyndy Montana secretary for the One Island, One Team Coalition and assistant to the town supervisor; Town Supervisor Nathan McMurray, and council members Beverly Kinney and Mike Madigan. (Photo by Larry Austin)
Pictured, from left, councilmen Chris Aronica and Ray Billica; Cyndy Montana secretary for the One Island, One Team Coalition and assistant to the town supervisor; Town Supervisor Nathan McMurray, and council members Beverly Kinney and Mike Madigan. (Photo by Larry Austin)

The Grand Island Town Board joined the One Island, One Team Coalition in proclaiming April as Alcohol Awareness Month on the Island.

At Monday's Town Board meeting, the board issued a proclamation in an effort to provide hope, help and healing for those in the community who are facing challenges with alcohol use and abuse.

In making the proclamation, the board noted alcohol is a primary factor in the four leading causes of death for young persons ages 10-21; young people who begin drinking before age 15 are four times more likely to develop alcohol dependence than those who begin drinking at age 21; and 1 in every 12 adults (17.6 million people) suffers from alcohol abuse or dependence.

The board called upon citizens, parents, governmental agencies, public and private institutions, business, hospitals, schools and colleges on Grand Island "to support efforts that will provide early education about alcoholism and addiction and increase support for individuals and families coping with alcoholism."

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