April 10, 2012
Some 175 children showed up for a day of games, music, face-painting and prizes for the 7th Annual Fools’ Day Fun event this weekend. The Community Prevention Council used the event to help educate people about the toll alcoholism takes on families. The National Institutes of Health estimates that the abuse of alcohol costs society about $148 billion annually and illegal drugs another $98 billion. Alcohol plays a role in an estimated 105,000 deaths in the U.S. annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Mothers convicted of child abuse are three times more likely to be alcoholics — and fathers are 10 times more likely. Heavy drinking plays a role in 60 percent of violent crimes and 30 percent of suicides. The event on Saturday took a low-key approach to the problem, with 16 booths, a poster contest for elementary school students, an essay contest and a raffle.