For Immediate ReleasePress Contact: Mary Kay Clunies-Ross, Public Information Officer, (510) 981-7008
THE CHALLENGE OF ALCOHOL AWARENESS
Berkeley’s Alcohol Awareness month challenges students and residents to see how alcohol affects their lives, friends and families
Berkeley, California (Friday, April 06, 2007) - Alcohol is such a part of daily life that it’s sometimes hard to see the negative effects it can have on our friends, our families and our lives.
Alcohol Awareness Month is an opportunity to take a closer look at the place of alcohol in our lives and reach out to friends and family who may be in an unhealthy relationship with alcohol. Events are planned throughout the month to draw attention to the problem, and different events target different age groups. This year’s theme is “Recovery and Prevention: A Family and Community Affair.”
“Alcohol can erode your physical, mental and emotional health,” said Mayor Tom Bates, who kicked off Alcohol Awareness Month by ringing the Peace Bell and calling for a moment of silence. “It’s ironic that something that is associated with having a good time is also associated with car crashes, date rapes and ruined families.”
Community members and UC Berkeley students are invited to the following events:
Alcohol Screening Days: Take a quiz to see if you, or someone you know, could benefit from more information about drinking or drug use.
Thursday, April 5, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Options Recovery Services
1919 Addison St., #204
510-666-9900 (no appointment necessary)
Thursday, April 19, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Tang Center, UC Berkeley
2222 Bancroft Way
Youth Alcohol Awareness Day
Thursday, April 12, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Berkeley High School (for BHS students only)
2223 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley
Cal Concert Series: No Regrets (All Concerts on Lower Sproul, UC Berkeley)
Monday, April 16, Noon – 1 p.m.
Tuesday, April 17, 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Wednesday, April 18, Noon – 1 p.m.
Alcohol Free Weekend - April 20-22
Can you do it? Abstain for just three days? Report how you did and enter for a prize at the website (http://alcoholaware.berkeley.edu/). Individuals who experience difficulty or discomfort with the challenge are urged to contact local resources.
Alcohol Workshop for Liquor Licensees
LEAD will provide information on serving and selling alcoholic beverages safely, legally and responsibly. Call the Berkeley Police Department for more information: 510-981-5806.
Poster Display Throughout April
See the award-winning alcohol awareness posters by Berkeley K-12 students at the Berkeley Public Library, 2090 Kittredge St., Berkeley
April 2-13: Kittredge Display (facing the street)
April 16-30: Teen Area
The City of Berkeley, UC Berkeley, Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services, and the California Department of Alcohol Beverage Control are sponsors of Alcohol Awareness Month.
If you want more information about these programs, please call (510) 981-5218 or visit http://alcoholaware.berkeley.edu.
If you’re interested in joining other concerned community members in working on local policies to prevent alcohol problems in Berkeley, go to http://www.safersouthside.org/
If you think you or someone you know may have a problem with alcohol, please visit