New Year's Temptations

By: Ali Gorman, R.N.
By: Ali Gorman, R.N.

Recovering alcoholic and advocate for substance abuse prevention John Andrews said New Year's Eve challenges his sobriety. So his message Thursday at the Capitol, along with other advocates, is for people to be sensitive to those who don't drink. "Don't offer them a drink. Don't invite them to take that risk," he said.

The press conference was also to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking for everyone. Although Michigan State Police report fewer alcohol-related accidents this year, Andrews says there is still a problem.

"There were still 385 alcohol-related crashes this year and 418 deaths in those crashes... that's more than one a day," Andrews said.

So advocates remind celebrators to drink responsibly and always designate a driver.

If you want to talk with a professional regarding a possible substance abuse problem call 517-337-4406.

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