Utah Governor Spencer Cox today declared April Alcohol Awareness Month in Utah. (The declaration can be found here.) The governor’s declaration recognizes the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s role in promoting alcohol safety in its work to end underage drinking and raise awareness about the harms that alcohol misuse can cause.
“The state of Utah is committed to promoting healthy families and reducing the harmful effects of alcohol consumption,” said Governor Cox in his declaration.
The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Director Tiffany Clason says the governor’s declaration emphasizes the state’s commitment to alcohol safety education for all Utah families.
“The single most important thing we do at the DABC is educate on responsible-only alcohol consumption. That means no drinking underage, no driving while under the influence, and reminding people about the health risks associated with drinking alcohol,” said Clason. “The DABC is committed to fulfilling our role to reasonably satisfy public demand for alcohol products, working in collaboration with local businesses that sell alcohol, while educating the public on the harms that alcohol misuse can cause.”
The governor’s declaration points to an American Medical Association finding that excessive alcohol use is responsible for more than 95,000 deaths in the United States each year. The declaration goes on to acknowledge the DABC’s alcohol prevention education work through its participation and management of the Parents Empowered committee.
The declaration cites Utah SHARP survey data that underage drinking in Utah is the lowest rate ever recorded at 4.3 percent, down 64 percent since 2005. DABC Director Clason praises the work of the Parents Empowered committee as contributing to the reduction of underage drinking through their statewide, data-driven prevention efforts.