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Legislation #: 050428 Introduction Date: 4/14/2005
Type: Special Action Effective Date: none
Title: Declaring April, 2005, as Alcohol Awareness Month.

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4/13/2005 Filed by the Clerk's office
4/14/2005 Adopted

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Declaring April, 2005, as Alcohol Awareness Month.


WHEREAS, April has been designated Alcohol Awareness Month by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. The month is recognized as a time to educate people about the dangers of alcohol and to enlighten the public about alcohols relationship to other social problems; and


WHEREAS, alcohol is the most commonly used drug among American youth. Underage drinking is a significant problem for this community and this nation, with devastating consequences. From car accidents to suicides, alcohol is implicated in behavior that results in tragedy; and


WHEREAS, on average, American children reportedly begin drinking shortly after they turn thirteen. Early alcohol use tends to lead to alcohol dependence. In adolescence, alcohol use is associated with depression and other emotional disturbances; and


WHEREAS, problem drinking is associated with a number of criminal behaviors, including rape and sexual assault; approximately 1400 college students die every year due to drinking; and


WHEREAS, research indicates that alcohol marketing and advertising have a major impact on young people, and that ours is a culture that in fact promotes underage drinking in spite of the enormous problems associated with it. Underage drinking and the abuse of alcohol by people of all ages represent problems for this community, and the resolution of such problems deserves our attention; NOW, THEREFORE,




That the Mayor and City Council declare April 2005, as Alcohol Awareness Month in Kansas City, Missouri; and


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Resolution be spread among the Minutes of the Council in testimony thereof and that a copy be presented to a representative of the local chapter of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence.