Commonwealth of Massachusetts A Proclamation His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick
Whereas Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the United States; and
Whereas Young people who begin drinking before age 15 are four times more likely to develop alcohol dependence than those who begin drinking at age 21; and
Whereas In the United States, 100,000 people die each year from alcohol-related causes: drinking and driving crashes, falls, fires, alcohol-related homicides, and other accidents; and
Whereas Approximately 471,000 people over the age of 12 years old in Massachusetts have suffered from alcohol dependence or abuse in the past year; and
Whereas It is important to raise awareness of the dangers of alcohol abuse as well as the availability of treatment programs and facilities throughout the Commonwealth,
Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick,Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim April 2013, to be,
MASSACHUSETTS ALCOHOL AWARENESS MONTH
And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.
Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this twenty-second day of April, in the year two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-sixth.
By His Excellency
Deval L. Patrick Governor of the Commonwealth
William Francis Galvin Secretary of the Commonwealth