DES MOINES, Iowa — Gov. Terry Branstad signed a proclamation Thursday that designates April as Alcohol Awareness Month in Iowa.
The state’s Alcoholic Beverages Division says alcohol use by teens is a major concern nationwide. Data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says that approximately 37 percent of high school students in Iowa admit to consuming alcohol in the last 30 days. Data also shows that 11 percent of Iowa high schoolers admitted to drinking and driving.
Branstad said he signed the proclamation to increase awareness of alcohol abuse and to encourage parents to have conversations with their children about drinking.
“In order for Iowa to continue leading the nation in supporting healthy lifestyles, we must keep educating our young people on the potential perils of alcohol abuse,” the governor said. “I’m pleased to sign this proclamation today establishing April as Alcohol Awareness Month in our state to draw attention to alcohol abuse.”
The proclamation states that 1 in every 12 Iowa adults suffers from alcohol abuse or dependence.
“Observing Alcohol Awareness Month will help inform Iowans of the negative impacts of alcohol misuse on the health, happiness, and safety of Iowans,” the proclamation reads.