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Reflecting on Progress and Continuing the Fight Against Alcohol Misuse

Posted by Peggy B. Sapp, President & CEO on January 12, 2024 at 6:04 PM

President's Message - January 2024

As we welcome the new year, I want to begin by honoring the memory of a beloved member of our community, Virginia Smith Mead, known affectionately as Ginger or Gigi. Ginger, a vibrant soul and a passionate advocate for community service passed away peacefully on December 2, 2023. Her lifelong commitment to bettering the lives of those around her, including her significant support for Informed Families, has left an indelible mark on our organization and those we serve. Our deepest condolences go to the Mead family, as we celebrate Ginger’s remarkable life and legacy.


Rethinking Our Approach to Alcohol

Last year, we highlighted the often-overlooked dangers of alcohol. Despite its legality and social acceptance, it's crucial to recognize alcohol as a potentially harmful substance. The “Dry January” initiative has played a significant role in challenging the normative status of alcohol in our society.

The Persistent Risks of Alcohol

Recent research continues to underline the dangers associated with alcohol use. The statistics on alcohol-related health complications and deaths are a sobering reminder of its risks.

The Upside of Sobriety

On a more positive note, let's remember the benefits of reducing or abstaining from alcohol. Studies have consistently shown improvements in various aspects of health and well-being for those who take steps towards sobriety, even for a short period.

Advantages of an Alcohol-Free Lifestyle:
  • Enhanced mental and emotional well-being
  • Increased physical fitness and vitality
  • Improved sleep quality
  • Positive changes in weight and nutrition
  • Better skin health
  • Strengthened immune system

Extending the Challenge Beyond January

“Dry January” is just the beginning. I encourage everyone to choose a month that suits them for this sobriety challenge. It's a personal journey that can lead to significant health and lifestyle improvements.

Moving Forward

As we continue our mission, let's honor the memory of individuals like Ginger Mead by educating, supporting, and encouraging our community in the fight against substance abuse. Your involvement is crucial in creating lasting change.

Here’s to a year of health, awareness, and positive transformation!

Peggy B. Sapp
President, Informed Families

Topics: President's Message, alcohol, Informed Families, leaders, alcohol use, alcohol abuse

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We teach people how to say no to drugs and how to make healthy choices. To reduce the demand for drugs, Informed Families has focused its efforts on educating and mobilizing the community, parents and young people in order to change attitudes. In this way we counteract the pressures in society that condone and promote drug and alcohol use and abuse. The organization educates thousands of families annually about how to stay drug and alcohol free through networking and a variety of programs and services .

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