A National Campaign for Alcohol Health Warning Signs

Sample Newsletter Articles

Sample Article 1. Organizing Meeting for New Campaign

Virginians for Healthy Kids will host an organizing meeting for individuals interested in joining our campaign for alcohol health warning signs. When posted conspicuously wherever alcohol is sold, these signs deliver critical health information at little cost. The signs will educate consumers about the dangers of drinking during pregnancy, drinking before driving or operating machinery, and drinking when taking medication or other drugs. We will work for legislation requiring all establishments that sell alcoholic beverages to post these signs.

To get involved, join us at our offices on Thursday, June 20, at 7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Mary Smith at (703) 555-1234.

Sample Article 2. Campaign for Alcohol Health Warning Signs

Virginians for Healthy Kids has launched a campaign for state legislation requiring health warning signs wherever alcohol is sold. Many states and localities now require point-of-sale warning signs, and several small studies indicate that the posters boost knowledge of alcohol risks. The warning signs will inform consumers about dangers associated with drinking during pregnancy, drinking before driving or operating machinery, and mixing alcohol with other drugs.

Drinking during pregnancy is the leading known preventable cause of birth defects and can result in mental retardation. Because more than a third of all pregnant women do not see a doctor during the first trimester, we need another way to bring this critical information to their attention. Posters that each cost little more than a dollar can play a key role in preventing Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, which leads to treatment costs of about $750,000 per child from birth to age 18.

Alcohol warning signs complement the federally required Surgeon General's warnings on alcoholic-beverage containers, which are barely noticeable or difficult to read on many containers. They further ongoing alcohol-education programs and provide warnings specially tailored to the needs of our community.

Over the next few months, we will be working with state and local lawmakers to build support for warning sign legislation. If you are interested in helping with this campaign, please contact Mary Smith at (703) 555-1234.

Sample Article 3. Support Warning Sign Legislation

Each year, more than 100,000 Americans die from alcohol-related causes, and an estimated 5,000 babies are born with fetal alcohol syndrome. Approximately 18 million American adults are problem drinkers. But instead of learning about these dangers, we get most of our information about drinking from the alcoholic-beverage industry, which spends $2 billion a year telling us how glamorous and appealing alcohol consumption is.

Because we need to get the word out about alcohol-related health and safety risks, we support legislation introduced by Senator Jones that will require alcohol warning posters in bars, liquor stores, restaurants, and other places where alcoholic beverages are sold. The posters will warn about alcohol-related birth defects and provide consumers with other critical health information.

Many state and local governments require point-of-sale warning signs to protect the health and safety of their citizens. The signs are endorsed by many national organizations, including the American Medical Association, the American Public Health Association, the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Arc, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, and the March of Dimes.

This legislation needs your support. Call or write to state senator and ask him or her to support Senate Bill 1234. Better yet, testify in favor of the bill at the public hearing before the Committee on Health and Welfare, 9876 Capital Street, Room 54, on June 20 at 9 a.m. Register to testify by calling (123) 456-7890. For more information, please call Mary Smith at (703) 555-1234.

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