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MASON CITY, IA-This month is all about alcohol. Not drinking it, but being aware of its impacts.
It’s a popular item.
But this month, health organizations from around the country want you to know the risks that also come with drinking.
“Alcohol is legal and a drug and if used incorrectly can cause problems,” said Prairie Ridge Prevention Director Kelly Grunhovd.
Those at addiction treatment centers suggest no more than two servings of booze a day. That’s two 12 ounce beers or an 8 ounce glass of wine.
But this month is also about staying vigilant in curbing underage drinking.
“This season is a big season for celebrations in the high school community with proms going on and graduations,” said Hy-Vee Wine and Spirits Manager
The alcohol beverages division is reminding stores and restaurants, that more teens attempt to purchase beer, wine or liquor during this time of the year.
And places like Hy-Vee East are all prepared.
They card everyone who looks under the age of 30.
“It happens sometime where they come in and kind of point our what they want or point at what they want and someone else tries to buy it so we shut that down right away and don’t allow it so it’s just an on-going battle,” said Adams.
The battle is also to get society to realize the 21 year old drinking age is put in place for a reason.
“Our brains don’t develop as quickly as our bodies do and so our brains often are not fully developed until our mid 20’s and the more we expose alcohol to our underdeveloped brains the more likely we’re able to sustain damage long term,” said Grunhovd.
And that includes an increase risk of cancer, diabetes and cardio vascular trouble.
So, checking an ID twice has more of a benefit than one might think.
“It’s for the safety of everyone, really the drinking age is 21 for a reason. That’s what we see fit as a responsible age to start drinking so it’s for their protection,” said Adams.
Alcohol awareness month is also a time for adults to reflect on the amount of alcohol they drink.
Health leaders say a little is actually a benefit for your health, but too much can cause long term trouble not only with your well being, but also your relationships, finances and at work.