Letter: An alcohol-free weekend

To the Editor:

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and I would like to encourage everyone to participate in a community-wide, three-day, alcohol-free weekend, April 4 through 6.

This weekend is aimed to raise public awareness about the use of alcohol and how it affects individuals, families and businesses. If you or someone you know experiences difficulty or discomfort within the 72-hour alcohol-free weekend, then I would urge you to take the next step and complete an alcohol assessment.  

According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence: “Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the United States – 17.6 million people, or one in every 12 adults, suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence, along with several million more who engage in risky, binge-drinking patterns that could lead to alcohol problems. More than half of all adults have a family history of alcoholism or problem drinking, and more than seven million children live in a household where at least one parent is dependent on – or has abused – alcohol.”  

For more information on Renz Addiction Counseling Center, visit us online at www.RenzCenter.org or call 847-742-3545.

Jerry Skogmo 

Executive director of the Renz Addiction Counseling Center in Elgin