Addressing Alcohol Misuse in our Community
High rates of alcohol use are prevalent in the Chippewa Valley and should be reduced. The problem affects people of all ages and from many demographic backgrounds, but special focus should target at-risk groups in the 12-34 year age range.
Research shows that prevention is critical in reducing the number of alcohol-related problems. That is especially true for individuals before they reach the legal drinking age, as well as those who are just starting to drink alcohol legally.
Personal responsibility must be taken to promote healthy behaviors, not behaviors that increase a person’s risk that could result in injury, medical care, treatment, or even death. Policies must be written and practices must be changed to promote responsible and legal consumption of alcohol. The challenge also extends beyond the individual because the consequences can affect others both directly and indirectly.
By focusing on youth and younger adults to establish healthy lifestyle choices early on, the Community Health Initiative can reduce alcohol misuse in high-risk populations and give them the best opportunities for a good quality of life.
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