"To Alcohol! The cause and solution to all life's problems." ~ Homer Simpson
For many people, the facts about alcoholism are not clear. What is alcoholism, exactly? How does it differ from alcohol abuse? When should a person seek help for a problem related to his or her drinking? From the time the first colonists arrived in the New World bringing their alcoholic beverages with them, Americans have had a problem with alcohol. That problem is a historic inability to reach any kind of a national consensus about the role of alcohol in American society. Americans' inability to reach such a consensus, in turn, has led to fits and swings in public perception and, consequently, in public policy concerning how best to deal with the individuals whose use of alcohol causes difficulties and the difficulties these individuals cause.Nearly 17 million Americans have alcohol problems, including 8 million with the disease of alcoholism, yet only 2-3 million receive treatment each year. Alcohol problems lead to death, disability, and millions in avoidable business and health care costs. Alcohol-related problems cost every man, woman, and child in the U.S. $683 each year. Despite the myriad of problems stemming from alcohol use, Americans face enormous hurdles getting treated for alcohol problems. For those who can get it, the type of care depends on where they live and work, not what they need.
This workshop will bring together leading authorities on issues related to alcohol, crime and disorder to explore these issues and focus on advancing knowledge and information sharing about alcohol and our response to our work on alcohol abuse prevention, intervention and treatment. ______________________________________________________________________________
Date: Friday, December 17, 2010
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 pm
Location: Minnesota Department of Corrections – Itasca Room
ADDRESS: 553 Fairview Ave. Saint Paul, Minnesota 55104