Alcohol Awareness Month
By Adorne Ruffin–
On April 5th, our city acknowledged the nationwide observance of alcohol awareness month with a proclamation. However, within this month across the country we will also give recognition to child abuse prevention. These are two very important observances which encourage hope, health and healing.
I don’t believe it is by coincidence that they are honored side by side. To the contrary, I believe it is both necessary and advantageous for them to be observed together because excessive alcohol use is a major contributor to child abuse.
Statistically, there is an unmistakable connection between parents drinking alcohol and the abuse of their children. Thousands of children experience child abuse every year. Nine out of ten reported cases of child abuse reveals alcohol as a major factor.
Although every parent that abuses alcohol will not abuse their child, they may become so intoxicated that they may not prevent their child from being placed in an unprotected situation where either physical, sexual or negligent abuse can occur.
As we become more aware of the ties between alcohol and child abuse, let’s discover and apply practical solutions to purposely widen the small gap between the two and heal the harmful effects of both.