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April 1, 2021 - LANSING, Mich. - As Michiganders continue to deal with pandemic-induced stress and anxiously look forward to getting back to a "new normal," the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Director Elizabeth Hertel and the Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) Chair Pat Gagliardi urge moderation in drinking as they recognize April as Alcohol Awareness Month.
"The stresses of COVID-19 over the last year have stretched the limits of otherwise moderate drinkers and we're seeing an increase in alcohol consumption and binge drinking that can result in long-term health issues," said MDHHS Director Elizabeth Hertel. "Excessive drinking can compromise a person's immune system, which is a big concern during this pandemic. Additionally, drinking in excess causes issues like depression and can affect your sleep and digestion in addition to other side effects. If you drink alcohol, be aware of how much you're consuming and always do so in moderation."
Consider these statistics:
According to MDHHS, excessive alcohol use leads to approximately 3,205 deaths and 92,753 years of potential life lost in Michigan each year.
Alcohol awareness starts with these important reminders:
If you choose to drink alcohol, do so in moderation:
"Alcohol is a controlled substance," said MLCC Chair Pat Gagliardi. "I implore parents to set a good example for their kids about alcohol use. Talk to your kids about the dangers of underage drinking; drinking and driving and health issues attributable to drinking in excess. These are important lessons that can save lives and last a lifetime."
National Alcohol Awareness Month in America provides an opportunity to increase awareness of alcohol addiction and to bring understanding of alcohol's causes, the effective treatments available, plus encouraging people that recovery is very possible. Alcohol Awareness Month was established in 1987 by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence to help communities reach out to the public and provide answers to end the stigma associated with alcohol abuse.
It is the mission of the MLCC to make alcoholic beverages available for consumption while protecting the consumer and the general public through the regulation of those involved in the importation, sale, consumption, distribution, and delivery of these alcohol products.
** 2018 Michigan Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System