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The Madison County Council on Alcoholism & Substance Abuse, Inc.

We're providing hope and support to those affected by addiction & substance abuse.

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Message from our Director:

I hope that all of you are doing well during these ever-changing days,

weeks, and now months. These are difficult times, and it is important

now, more than ever, to stay connected and stay safe. Although each

of us has a different experience, we are in this together.

There are many valuable resources out there and on here for

information on health and safety, self-care and support. Although

some programs may not be operating out of their physical space,

most of their services and supports are being delivered via various

tele-health platforms, Zoom and the old-fashioned telephone. Support

groups are meeting frequently via the internet, and mobile crisis

services are available.

Self-care is more important than ever. BRiDGES is offering free, web

based meditation and yoga classes, and there are many similar

classes, guided meditations and relaxation music available to all.

Scroll down to the Wellness Project section for more information. 

Some are feeling isolated, grieving the loss of the old ways and wondering when we will all get back to “normal”, whatever that is. Many of us have our good days, and our not so good days. I hope you are finding ways to stay connected, stay healthy and feeling hopeful; those resources are available. Our community is a strong one, and the evidence of that strength and resilience is demonstrated every day.

Stay safe, stay well,


Stay Safe this Summer:

Alcohol and Water Sports Don’t Mix

Summer is almost here, the temperatures will be warm and muggy- most of the time- and people are heading to pools, beaches and lakes for summer fun. Many people reach for a cold beverage during the hot summer weather, and it is good for your health to drink plenty of fluids. Remember, though, that whether you are boating, swimming, water skiing or diving, fun in the water and alcohol don’t mix. Alcohol impairs judgment, balance, vision and coordination-not a good combination with any water sports.


According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, 10 people per day die from unintentional drowning. An additional 332 people died each year from drowning in boating-related incidents. Alcohol use is involved in up to 70% of adolescent and adult deaths associated with water recreation; almost a quarter of Emergency Room visits for drowning; and 1 in 5 reported boating deaths.


It's not just boat operators at risk from drinking while boating. Passengers are at greater risk of injury as well. In fact, 46% of all boating fatalities occurred when vessels were docked, anchored, or drifting. Due to sun exposure and heat, both operators and passengers are likely to become impaired more quickly, drink for drink, when on the water. Laws for drinking and operating a boat are similar to those associated with driving a car and drinking, regardless of whether or not the boat has a motor on it.


All of these deaths are preventable. Getting into trouble in the water is life threatening not only for the person drowning but for the rescuer as well. In addition, the CDC recommends that adults not drink when they are responsible for supervising children in and around the water as tragedies involving drowning can happen in a matter of minutes.


Drinking alcohol can cause problems with swimming and diving, too. After drinking, individuals cannot accurately judge what is safe and can get themselves into hazardous, even life-threatening situations miscalculating distances or direction. A long swim can result in hypothermia as alcohol reduces the body’s ability to stay warm in the water.


Being out in the sun all day can cause dehydration. Alcohol, even though it is a beverage, is not the answer to that problem. In fact, both alcohol and caffeine dehydrate the body. It is better to pack plenty of water, juices, and non-caffeinated soda for a long day at the beach or out in the sun.


Remember to keep yourself, your friends and your family safe this summer. Don’t mix alcohol and water sports.

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