Kim Reynolds, Governor
Adam Gregg, Lt. Governor
Stephen Larson, Administrator

Governor Proclaims April as Alcohol Awareness Month

Friday, March 27, 2015

For immediate release – Thursday, March 26, 2015
Contact Robert Bailey – 515.725.2260

Governor Proclaims April as Alcohol Awareness Month
Governor Terry E. Branstad today signed a proclamation establishing April as Alcohol Awareness Month in Iowa.
Alcohol abuse continues to be a major factor in the disruption of many families, communities and college campuses. Each year, over 696,000 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking and more than 97,000 thousand students nationwide report experiencing alcohol-related sexual assaults or date rape. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, alcohol misuse problems cost the United States more than $223 billion each year.
“We must be diligent in ensuring public safety and well-being through education,” said Branstad. “By working together in confronting alcohol-related problems, Iowans can continue to improve the health of our state.”

Here is the proclamation:


WHEREAS,  alcohol-related issues, including underage and binge drinking, impaired driving, and alcoholism, pose a significant challenge to Iowa communities and negatively affect the lives of our citizens; and 

WHEREAS,  one in every 12 adults in Iowa suffers from alcohol abuse or dependence; and

WHEREAS,  effective prevention programs reduce risk factors and strengthen protective measures that support youth in making educated decisions about alcohol use; and
WHEREAS,  communities and organizations across Iowa are joining together to declare their support for healthy lifestyles and demonstrate their commitment to the Healthiest State Initiative; and

WHEREAS,  observing Alcohol Awareness Month will help inform Iowans of the negative impacts of alcohol misuse on the health, happiness, and safety of Iowans:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terry E. Branstad, Governor of the State of Iowa, do hereby proclaim the month of April, 2015 as

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