On Thursday April 2, 2015, in the City of Gardena, the South Bay Communities Creating Change (SBC3) came together in efforts to prevent underage drinking and the harmful impacts alcohol consumption has on society.
The City of Inglewood represented by District 2 Councilman Alex Padilla expressed the importance of supporting alcohol awareness with partner South Bay cities. “With 32 years in law enforcement after having been the commanding officer in our youth services division in Santa Monica, alcohol awareness impacts us all in our community. It’s just a sincere pleasure to be here this morning representing the City of Inglewood, Mayor James T. Butts, and the council members. Thank you so very much.”
Research points to the fact that the alcohol industry has a strong influence on our day to day lives through consistent primetime advertisement, billboard placements, and mobile ad placements. Those influences greatly influence our young people as well.
Alcohol holds the top spot as America’s drug of choice for young people, and is more likely to kill young people than all illegal drugs combined. LA County statistics show that between 2010-2012, 23% of individuals under the legal drinking age of 21 reported drinking at least one alcoholic beverage in the past 30 days.
Within SPA 8, which includes the cities of Carson, Gardena, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Lawndale, Long Beach, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, and Torrance, CHP reported in 2012 that there were 35 killed and 758 injured from alcohol-involved motor vehicle accidents.
Each April since 1987, Alcohol Awareness Month is nationally observed to increase public awareness and understanding of alcohol related issues. For the first time, South Bay Cities Creating Change, a coalition of community-based and non-profit organizations dedicated to the prevention and treatment of substance abuse, is participating in this nationally observed month-long event.
Salute to Inglewood!