Milwaukee, WI., March 31, 2009 — Columbia St. Mary's New Vision Program reminds the community that Alcohol-Free Weekend, traditionally observed during Alcohol Awareness Month in April, is scheduled for April 3 – 5, 2009.
During this observance week, parents and other adults are encouraged to abstain from drinking alcoholic beverages for that 72-hour period to demonstrate to young people that alcohol isn't necessary to have a good time. If participants discover they can't go without a drink during this period, they are urged to call (414) 961-5505 for information about alcoholism.
Alcohol Awareness Month is a national grassroots effort to support research, education, intervention and treatment for alcoholism and alcohol-related problems. Sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence since 1987, Alcohol Awareness Month offers organizations with different missions an opportunity to work together to raise awareness about the negative consequences of underage drinking.
New Vision, located at Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Columbia, 2025 E. Newport Avenue, Milwaukee, assists individuals suffering from withdrawal symptoms from alcohol (or drugs). Over the course of a short hospital stay (generally about 3-4 days), individuals are treated with medication to ensure a safe withdrawal process. Without medical intervention, the risks from withdrawal from alcohol are great and can include hallucinations (commonly known as "the DTs"), seizures and even death.
For more information call Jeff Schroeder, Columbia St. Mary's New Vision Program, at (414) 961-5505.