Memorial Day Facts

Memorial Day Facts

Celebrating those who gave the Greatest Sacrifice The unofficial start of summer wasn’t always called Memorial Day. Long before it was an official holiday, Memorial Day was called Decoration Day. According to Town and Country Magazine, the day was originally “celebrated by “decorating” the graves of fallen soldiers with flowers, flags, and more.” Memorial Day was declared a national holiday in 1971. It is now celebrated on the last Monday in May, but it was originally called to be celebrated on May 30. The original Memorial Day celebration remains in question, but Congress declared Waterloo, New York as the birthplace. According to a timeline of the holiday provided by CNN, on May 5, 1866 the first known observation of Memorial Day occurred in Waterloo when the city closed businesses and decorated soldiers’ graves to honor those who died during the Civil War. While originally celebrated to honor soldiers who had...

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Guide to a Sober Memorial Day Celebration

Guide to a Sober Memorial Day Celebration

Having Fun on Memorial Day without Alcohol This year’s Memorial Day celebration will undoubtedly look a little different than it has in the past. As states begin to ease lockdown restrictions, more and more people are venturing out. Regardless of whether you are celebrating at home, or going to a social distancing BBQ, you can still enjoy the holiday without the booze. According to the National Safety Council, an estimated “366 people may on U.S. roads this Memorial Day holiday period.” Alcohol plays a significant role in numerous traffic-related fatalities. Research conducted by the Council shows that “During the 2018 Memorial Day period, 37% of fatalities involved an alcohol-impaired driver.” Choosing to remain sober on Memorial Day can save your life and others. There are a number of ways to enjoy the holiday weekend without driving including: Riding Bikes Celebrating with other people in sobriety Enjoying a Movie marathon Playing...

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Increase in Alcohol Delivery Presents New Concerns

Increase in Alcohol Delivery Presents New Concerns

The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Issued Advisories Concerning Alcohol Deliveries The outbreak of COVID-19 caused the closure of bars and restaurants throughout California. This closure spurred a “marked increase” in alcohol deliveries according to the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Concerns over these deliveries caused the department to issue an advisory calling licensees’ attention to the following: “To remind licensees of their legal obligations relating to deliveries; To ensure licensees are aware that they are ultimately responsible for the delivery of the alcoholic beverage; That the Department’s recent enforcement actions have revealed that third-party delivery services are routinely alcoholic beverages to minors; and That many licensees, and the delivery services they use, are failing to adhere to a variety of other legal obligations.” One of the biggest concerns of the department is the furnishing of alcohol to minors. Delivering alcohol to a minor can result in sanctions...

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Mental Health Considerations During Coronavirus

Mental Health Considerations During Coronavirus

Addressing the Other Crisis Developing During the Pandemic WebMD recently addressed the issue of mental health during the COVID-19 outbreak and stay at home orders issued across the country. According to their publication “Mental Health an Emerging Crisis of COVID Pandemic” more and more people are experiencing “high levels of emotional distress” during these challenging times. The stress and uncertainty of the future have many concerned that a mental health crisis is developing as a result of the pandemic. The article sites a Kaiser Family Foundation poll, which found that COVID-19 has negatively affected the mental health of over half of Americans surveyed.  There is growing concern that job loss and forced isolation could trigger high rates of suicide and substance use. The health crisis created by the coronavirus has led to a potentially longer economic crisis. Historically high unemployment rates have many people fearing that the economic toll may last...

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Deaths from Substance Use and Suicide Expected to Rise During Pandemic

Deaths from Substance Use and Suicide Expected to Rise During Pandemic

New Study Shows Tragic Effect Coronavirus and Shutdown is Having on Mental Health According to reporting by USA Today, a new study shows that over 100,000 people could die from alcohol abuse, drug overdoses, and suicides because of the coronavirus and required isolation. In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, countries around the world implanted “stay-at-home” orders. These quarantine requirements can have a negative impact on a person’s mental health as indicated in a study referred to in the reporting. Not only do people have a fear of getting sick but there is also an indefinite period of this isolation. Across the globe, efforts to reduce the spread of the coronavirus have resulted in a social disconnect. For people struggling with alcohol or drug abuse, the loss of connection can be fatal. The uncertainty surrounding the economy has also led to an increase in stress and fear. The loss...

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