Drug rehab programs can help individuals recover from alcoholism, but the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) is working to prevent individuals from abusing the substance altogether.
Recently, the GOHS awarded a grant to the Council on Alcohol and Drugs to improve alcohol sale regulations. The group received more than $91,400 to offer regular Responsible Alcohol Sales and Service (RASS) Workshops in four counties across the state. The goal is to provide further education on the dangers of selling alcohol to minors.
Chuck Wade, president and CEO of The Council on Alcohol and Drugs, said that the program will train liquor vendors and offer the technical assistance needed to maintain responsible sales. He also hopes to spread awareness of the importance of educational workshops across Georgia.
Underage drinking has accounted for a number of auto-related injuries and death across the state, according to The Council on Alcohol and Drugs
The 2009 Youth Risk Behavior Survey revealed that 42 percent of high school students had consumed alcohol within a 30-day span, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Substance abuse programs for youth can provide healthier alternatives to drug use.