Fight alcoholism in urban communities
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Is there any difference between alcohol and other drugs? Both are mind-altering chemicals. Both are highly addictive. Both can be dangerous. They only differ in their legal status and social acceptability: alcohol is legal, and street drugs aren’t. In America one in 13 adults suffer from alcoholism problems, that's 18 and up. In 2016, Maryland had over 580 deaths due to alcohol. Alcohol is a depressant. Drinking often can harm your brain and lead to depression. When you drink too much, you're more likely to make bad decisions or act on impulse. The amount of urban liquor stores exceeds the amount of suburban liquor stores, but what's troubling and hard to understand is the amount of liquor stores in African American communities vs. any other community. Why is that? Why are African American communities targeted for alcoholism? In Baltimore City, MD. there are neighborhoods that have 4 or more liquor stores on the same street, open at the same time. Why is that? According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, alcohol causes 88,000 (62,000 men and 26,000 women) deaths every year. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism tells us alcohol shortened the lifespan of those 88,000 by 30 years. That makes alcohol the third leading preventable cause of death in the U.S., all other drugs combined caused approximately 30,000 deaths annually. That's 58,000 more deaths caused by alcohol than all drugs combined. I have and you may also have family members that suffer or have died from alcohol. It can also become hereditary and passed down from generation to generation. With the amount of older African American men that hang out in front of liquor stores citywide, we can not afford to lose another generation to alcohol and drugs. We can not and will not have a decent COMM"UNITY" without UNITY.
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