For a Healthier 2013: Celebrate the Season within ‘The Ring of Moderation’

For Immediate Release: Dec. 24, 2012
Media Contact: Communication Office
Vermont Department of Health

BURLINGTON – “The choicest pleasures of life lie within the ring of moderation,” is a quote by philosopher Martin Tupper, words of wisdom according to the Vermont Department of Health, especially around the Holiday season.
“What would make this season truly memorable is if the nation’s healthiest state practiced moderation by drinking alcohol responsibly – or not at all – at the close of 2012,” said Health Commissioner Harry Chen, MD.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is offering "Party Planning Tips" that provide several non-alcoholic drink recipes, such as a Citrus Collins or Mai Tai, that will leave guests completely unimpaired.
The tips are available at:  
“SAMHSA estimates 190,000 lives have been saved since 1975 due to awareness and legislation related to drinking and driving,” Dr. Chen said. “As an emergency room physician for more than 30 years, I can tell you that there is nothing more difficult or tragic than to have to tell a family that someone they love has died. Be safe, especially this time of year.” 
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