November/December 1996 Volume 2 Issue 11
ALCOHOL ABUSE AND US
by Kawika Cooper
Pacific Americans suffer at a higher rate of alcohol
abuse than any other minority group in our country. It's
We thought it was part of growing up -- drinking. Then
we said everyone else was doing it --drinking. Then we
said we would do it only socially --drinking. Then we
thought we could take it or leave it --drinking. Then we
woke up one morning in our vomit, realized we were in
jail for drunk driving, and knew our family name had just
Our world is difficult enough with challenges that at
times seem unfair for a minority group of no more than
But it is an impossible world when alcohol is in
control of your life. Our vision of where we want to go
as a people by the year 2020 does not include alcohol;
there is no room in our voyage for those of us who
believe it's cool or socially acceptable or that it's OK
to drink in moderation.
The only answer is to just say never.
Today, tomorrow and forever.
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