Thanks to all that stopped by the Cheshire Human and Youth Services
   Alcohol Awareness -           Underage Drinking                  Prevention
Table at the:
  Cheshire Chamber Of Commerce
   7th Annual Home, Garden & Business Expo
                                                                               Saturday, March 17, 2007
             Cheshire High School

Cheshire Human Service Committee in cooperation with Cheshire Youth Service Committee  presents:
Alcohol Awareness Week April 23 - 29, 2007
Dodd Middle School Students:
Design a Logo or Create a Slogan
for Alcohol Awareness Week
More Information

Underage and
         Under the Influence
Alcohol Awareness Forum on the Prevention of Underage Drinking
Presented by: Cheshire Human Service
Committee in cooperation with CCSUD
Thursday, April 26, 2007
     Cheshire Town Hall
  Town Council Chambers
More Information    
    Tuesday, April 24 - MADD's "The Hard Truth" Presentation
                         at Cheshire High School    8:30 - 10:30
This program takes a no nonsense approach presenting the facts of the                              tragic results of drinking and driving.
The program consists of a graphic slide presentation showing the results                                      of motor vehicle crashes.
This includes guest speaker's, victims who have lost their loved ones or have been injured as a result of a DUI Crash, and those responsible for                                taking a life in an alcohol-related crash
              Alcohol Awareness Week
  Logo and Slogan Contest Winners Chosen
The winning Logos and Slogan from the Alcohol Awareness Week Logo Contest were selected on Thursday, March 22 by members of the Human Service Alcohol Awareness Week Sub-Committee.
Close to 70 Dodd Middle School students participated in the contest.
With so many impressive and creative entries, the committee opted for two logos and one slogan.
The winners will each be awarded a $50.00 Chamber of Commerce gift certificate.
Winning Designs and Slogan will be used to promote Alcohol Awareness and The Prevention of Underage Drinking in Cheshire during Alcohol Awareness Week, April 23 – April 29, 2007.
We are hoping to display the remaining entrees in different locations around town during
Alcohol Awareness Week.
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                      Dodd Middle School
"Sticker Shock Program"         will run during Alcohol Awareness Week                                  Stickers with the
  Mothers Against Drunk Driving  message
           to the right will be distributed
                      to local retailers.
  These stickers will be attached to products                           containing alcohol.
Members of the Human Service and Youth Service Committee's Alcohol Awareness Sub-Committee at Chamber of Commerce Business Expo on March 17, 2007 Pictured: Front: Kara Hanley, Back: Elizabeth Ruocco and Meredith Sturges (not pictured, Kathy Nankin and Vickie Canale)
Alcohol Awareness Logo Winners Receive Certificates
Dodd Middle School Principal, Donald Wailonis presents 2 of our logo contest winners, Jessica Ploing and Meghan Eppinette with Chamber of Commerce Gift Certificates. Tim Gay, logo winner was not
present for the photo.
The Cheshire Human
  Service Committee
  is hoping to publish a
     series of articles
        through-out
  the month of April for
   Alcohol Awareness
           Month
  All Articles will be posted
   here on Cheshire Cares.
  Please check back often 
       and look for them in 
       other publications
     throughout the month

Unconsidered Consequences of Home Alcohol Consumption
by Minors - Matthew J. Jalowiec, Esq. - Human Service Committee
“What harm could result?” is often asked when a parent discusses their child consuming alcohol at home with their friends.  The justification for allowing it to occur is often “at least I know where they are and what they’re doing.”  Unfortunately, the real answer to the former question is rarely expounded on unless something tragic happens.  When a parent allows a minor, or minors, to consume alcoholic beverages in their own home, they are running a great risk, not only to the health and safety of their children, but to themselves legally. Read More
"STICKER SHOCK"
     April is National Alcohol Awareness Month
    The Week of April 23 – April 29, 2007 is
the Town of Cheshire’s Alcohol Awareness Week

When many people think of alcohol abusers, they picture teenagers sneaking drinks before high school football games or at unsupervised parties. However, alcohol abuse is prevalent within many demographic groups in the United States. People who abuse alcohol can be:

 College students who binge drink at local bars.
 Pregnant women who drink and put their babies at risk for fetal alcohol
   syndrome.
 Professionals who drink after a long day of work.
 Senior citizens who drink out of loneliness.

In 2003, almost 23 percent (54 million) of Americans participated in binge drinking within 30 days prior to taking SAMHSA's National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) That same year, approximately 21.6 million adults abused alcohol or were alcohol dependent.
To recognize the serious problem of alcohol abuse, April is designated “Alcohol Awareness Month.” April 8 marks the annual observance of National Alcohol Screening Day (NASD) . At locations across the United States, people can be screened—anonymously—to see if their drinking habits may be risky.

Participants who come into a screening site on April 8 will have the opportunity to view an educational presentation and pick up educational materials, such as a questionnaire that screens for risky drinking and dependence. People can also meet one-on-one with a health professional to discuss any concerns. The screenings are free and anonymous.
Last year, more than 203,000 people participated in NASD activities at more than 5,400 screening sites nationwide—the largest NASD yet!
If you suspect that you might have a drinking problem, or you know someone who abuses alcohol, please contact SAMHSA’s National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI) at 1-800-729-6686 or find a screening site located near you.

Warning Signs of Alcohol Abuse
If you answer "yes" to any of the following questions, you may have a problem with alcohol:
 Do you drink alone when you feel angry or sad?
 Does your drinking ever make you late for work?
 Does your drinking worry your family?
 Do you ever drink after telling yourself you won't?
 Do you ever forget what you did while drinking?
 Do you get headaches or have a hangover after drinking?
                     Source: How to Cut Down on Your Drinking



For more information on alcohol awareness, underage drinking, treatment options and support services, see the Youth & Social Services display in the Town Hall Lobby or stop by the Youth and Social Services Department. 

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND A FORUM COORDINATED BY THE CHESHIRE HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE, WITH HELP FROM MEMBERS OF THE CHESHIRE YOUTH SERVICES COMMITTEE AND THE CHESHIRE COALITION TO STOP UNDERAGE DRINKING.  THE FORUM, TITLED “UNDERAGE AND UNDER THE INFLUENCE”, WILL BE HELD ON THURSDAY APRIL 26, 2007 AT 7:00 PM IN COUNCIL CHAMBERS AT THE CHESHIRE TOWN HALL. 

Alcohol Awareness Forum Discusses Parent Liability
by Leslie Hutchison
Cheshire Herald Staff

The consequences of underage drinking were examined from a legal perspective during an alcohol awareness forum at Cheshire Town Hall on April 26. Called "Underage and Under the Influence," the event revealed how parents could be held liable if their minor children drink at home.
As part of Alcohol Awareness Week sponsored by the Human and Youth Service Committees, the forum presented eight panelists who are intimately associated with the health and welfare of juveniles who drink.
Read More

Licenses In Jeopardy
by Leslie Hutchison
Herald Staff  - Cheshire Herald – Cheshire CT

The letters containing the startling news began arriving in Cheshire earlier this year. They’re from the state Department of Motor Vehicles and inform the teenage recipients that their license has been suspended.
Read More


A letter of  Thanks              from
   The Alcohol Awareness Week         Subcommittee