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April is Alcohol Awareness Month


Iowa law requires that anyone convicted of OWI (driving drunk or drugged) must complete a 12-hour drinking and driving class before applying for reinstatement of a driver's license.
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Dubuque, IA 52001
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April is Alcohol Awareness Month

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 7 million children live in a household where at least one parent is dependent on or has abused alcohol.

Town Hall Event will be held on Tuesday, April 29, in Blades Hall at the University of Dubuque, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm. The Dubuque Area Substance Abuse Coalition and Helping Services are sponsoring a Town Hall addressing underage alcohol consumption, over consumption of alcohol, and the most prevalent illicit substances of abuse in our community.There will be exhibits and displays from local service providers. Stop and check out SASC's information booth and talk to one of our staff.

Town Hall Event Information


Alcohol Facts That May Surprise You:

Question: What is a "standard drink" of alcohol?

Answer: A standard alcohol drink contains about one-half ounce of pure alcohol:

  • 12 ounces of Beer
  • 4 ounces of Wine
  • 1 ounce or "shot" of 100% proof Spirits/Liquor

Note: These are approximate, as different brands and types of alcoholic beverages vary in their actual alcohol content.             Alcohol standards are provided by the Prevention Research Institute.


Question: Isn't beer or wine safer to drink than liquor?

Answer: No. One 12-ounce beer has about the same amount of alcohol as one 4-ounce glass of wine, or 1-ounce shot of liquor. What matters most is the amount of alcohol consumed, not the type of alcoholic drink.


Question: How does alcohol affect a person?

Answer: As a central nervous system depressant drug, alcohol is rapidly absorbed by the stomach and small intestine into the bloodstream, and then circulated to every organ in the body (including the brain).


Question: How does alcohol leave the body?

Answer: Once absorbed into the bloodstream, the kidneys eliminate 5% of alcohol in the urine, the lungs exhale 5% of alcohol (detactable by breathalyzer) and the liver breaks down the remaining 90% of alcohol. Alcohol is broken down (metabolized) by the liver at the average rate of one standard drink per hour and nothing can speed this up, including drinking coffee.


Question: Why do people react differently to alcohol?

Answer: A variety of factors affect how people react to alcohol:

  • Age, Gender, Race or Ethnicity
  • Physical condition (weght, fitness level, etc.)
  • Amount of food eaten before drinking alcohol
  • How quickly they drink the alcohol
  • Use of other drugs, legal (prescription medicines) or illegal (marijuana, etc.)
  • Family history of alcohol problems


Question: What does "getting drunk" mean?

Answer: "Getting drunk" or becoming intoxicated results from drinking more alcohol than the body can break down, leaving the alcohol to circulate throughout the body. Alcohol intoxication can be harmful or risky for a variety of reasons:

  • Impaired brain function resulting in poor judgment, reduced reaction time, loss of balance, coordination, motor skills, or slurred speech.
  • Alcohol causes dilation of blood vessels producing a feeling of warmth but results in rapid loss of body heat.
  • Increased risk of certain cancers, stroke, and liver diseases (e.g. cirrhosis).
  • Damage to a developing fetus if consumed by pregnant women.
  • Increased risk of motor-vehicle traffic crashes, violence, and other injuries.

Information provided by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD)

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