Annually, more than 100,000 deaths in the U.S. can be attributed to alcohol abuse, according to Alcohol Addiction Info. Alcoholism is a disease for which a number of individuals seek treatment at drug rehabilitation centers across the country.
In an effort to educate more Americans on the dangers of alcohol abuse and underage drinking, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) is giving K-12 students the opportunity to enter a poster contest to promote alcohol addiction awareness.
Patrick Stapleton, the chairman of PLCB, believes “the Alcohol Awareness Poster Contest is a valuable educational tool that gives students an opportunity to learn about the dangers of underage drinking.” Stapleton says that “though their artwork, students can send an important message to their peers that there are fun alternatives to underage drinking.”
In 2009, more than 800 students participated in the poster contest. The PLCB has received more than 27,000 entries since launching the initiative in 1992.
Individuals struggling with alcoholism or those who have a loved one in need of treatment can consider visiting a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center. Professionals at these facilities can provide appropriate treatment to help addicts get their lives back on track.