April 2013: Alcohol Awareness Month and "Power Talk 21 Day"

WHEREAS, each year, youth violence, traffic crashes, property crime and medical treatment due to underage alcohol use costs the state of Michigan $2 billion; adolescence is an extremely critical and often vulnerable stage of human development, and it is at this time that many youths experiment with substances such as alcohol; and,


WHEREAS, recent data reveals that 64 percent of Michigan's high school students report consuming at least one drink of alcohol, and in addition, those who consume alcohol before age 15 are four times more likely to experience alcohol addiction and abuse later in life; and,


WHEREAS, between 2004 and 2011, Michigan averaged 84 deaths attributed to fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes in which at least one of the drivers was 16 to 25 years old and had been drinking; and,


WHEREAS, the majority of adolescents say their parents are the primary influence when it comes to decisions about drinking alcohol; in 2011, Mothers Against Drunk Driving established April 21 as "PowerTalk 21 Day," a designated time to encourage parents and caregivers to embrace their important role in influencing America's youth and their decisions about drinking alcohol; and,


WHEREAS, during this month, we join with the Michigan Department of Community Health's Bureau of Substance Abuse and Addiction Services and Mothers Against Drunk Driving to encourage parents, youths, government agencies, public and private institutions, workplaces and all Michigan citizens to support the efforts to reduce and prevent underage drinking in our state;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim April 2013 as Alcohol Awareness Month and Sunday, April 21, 2013 as "Power Talk 21 Day" in Michigan.