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Gov issues proclamation for National Alcohol Awareness Month

The West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration (WVABCA) was pleased to report that Gov. Jim Justice officially recognized April as Alcohol Awareness Month in West Virginia.

In issuing a proclamation, the governor emphasized the need to increase public awareness and understanding about the dangers associated with underage alcohol use and adult alcohol misuse.

Since 1987, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence has recognized April as Alcohol Awareness Month. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, every year in the United States approximately 95,000 people die from alcohol-related causes. Alcohol Use Disorder affects about 15 million adults in the United States, (National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism-NIAAA). The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reports that about 2.3 million adolescents aged 12-17 in 2019 drank alcohol in the past month, and about 1.2 million of these adolescents binge drank in the last month.

WVABCA Commissioner Fred Wooton said, “We are grateful for Gov. Justice’s proclamation,” adding, “the WVABCA is committed to addressing the dangers associated with alcohol misuse by working with community leaders and law enforcement on a local, county and state level as we strengthen our collective ability to protect our youth and families.”

To address these issues, the WVABCA has a DUI Simulator that has traveled to high schools across the state and attended safety type events. Since 2010, 72,000 have experienced this life-saving program.

Additionally, the WVABCA’s NO School Spirits Public Service Announcement contest has reached tens of thousands of students. This program is in its 10th year and encourages and empowers youth to develop and produce meaningful educational and prevention messaging aimed at preventing underage drinking. The WVABCA licensing and enforcement efforts are also geared to protect the public. New carding posters are available for businesses to ensure compliance and help avoid underage alcohol sales. In addition, the WVABCA is creating a new server/seller carding video that will be available in the coming weeks.

WVABCA educational information can be found at

The West Virginia Legislature created the West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration in 1935. The WVABCA was organized to give effect to the mandate of the people expressed in the repeal of the state prohibition amendment and to assure the greatest degree of freedom that is consistent with the health, safety and good morals of the people of West Virginia. The Mission of the WVABCA is to regulate, enforce and control the sales and distribution, transportation, storage and consumption of alcoholic liquors and nonintoxicating beer as mandated by the West Virginia Liquor Control and Nonintoxicating Beer Act.