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6B The Mountain Messenger, Thursday, October 18, 1990 Alcohol is the drug of choice because we've been taught it is okay to drink. We've also been taught we have to drink in order to have fun. We see drinking on television, in the movies, on bill- boards and read about it in books. We know elected public officials, ministers, priests. teachers, policemen, judges and doctors drink. Advertising tells us if we're at a party and we e- ally want to have tim, n,cet someone of the opposite sex or want to be cool, we need to drink. Advertising tells us it's all right to have a drink after a hard day's work. The dog which is used to sell beer says if you want to have pretty ladies falling all over you, you have to drink a certain kind of beer. Imagine "crack" dealers using the same advertising techniques to sell their drugs that alcohol makers use to sell theirs. The results of alcohol use show we have a big problem na- tionwide and not just in Green- brier County. For example, kids who drink usually start drinking In the fifth grade. Thirty-five out of every 100 fourth graders are pressured to drink. Four percent of 10-13 year-olds drink at least once a week. Young people who drink are more likely to use other drugs. We must realize alcohol is the most dangerous drug on the market today. To fail to do so is just plain stupid. I'm not trying to say we should get rid of alco- hol altogether. We tried once be- lore and it was a miserable fail- ure. I am saying we need to get our heads out of the sand when it comes to alcohol use. Alcohol is a very dangerous drug. Alco- hol use among young people isn't cute. cool, sexy or grown up. Alcohol use among adults needs to be taken seriously. In both cases, when I'm driving home late at night or driving somewhere for the weekend. I'm not worried about some guy on cocaine. I worry about a drunk driver who gets a bad case of the "sorry's" when he hits and kills someone. Telling my family, "I'm sorry,', doesn't help me or my family when l'm dead. Is there a drug problem in Greenbrler County? ~, answer Is yes, See you next week. Jeff Artis, Seneca Mental Health. Lewisburg. The most common question I'm asked by adults and teens is, "Does Greenbrier County really have a drug problem?" The an- swer is yes and no. This county doesn't have a drug problem in the classic sense. The national media (newspapers, movies and television) have convinced the American people that an area which has a "drug problem" has a large minority population, vio- lent gangs, a bad educational system, a problem with teen pregnancies, kids growing up in broken homes and is located in major cities across the United States. In that sense Greenbrier County does not have a drug problem. In reality Greenbrier County does have a drug prob- lem. It has a very big problem. The drug of choice in this area isn't "crack," marijuana, cocaine, "ice" or any of the other drugs we always hear about on the six o'clock news. The drug of choice here and nationwide Is alcohol; beer, wine, wine "coolers." liquor or any drink which has alcohol in It. There are many reasons why alcohol Is the drug of choice in the United States. Alcohol Is cheap and easy to buy, Anyone at any age at any time can easily buy alcohol. I've seen teenage kids drinking alcohol, buying al- cohol and selling it to their friends. I%'e seen adults give al- cohol to their kids and buy it for others. Still, no matter how hard one tries to stop this sort of thing through age limits and I.D checks, people will still be able to get their hands on alcohol. It's easier to buy alcohol than it is to buy any other drug. Alcohol is the drug of choice because it's so easy to justify its use. We drink because we're happy or sad, because we got a promotion, or because a loved one dies, leaves, or won't leave. We drink when we fall in love or when our sport's teams win or lose. We drink after we argue or when we try to make up. When we try to make ourselves feel better, find companionship, find courage, try to fit in, try to ease pain and suffering or try to hide feelings we are trying to run from, we drink. We drink alcohol for Ah 4msaoa 7tlaoae reasons are the same in all age groups, races, religions and so- cial levels. New News Is Good News COLLIN'S Serving Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Daily Blue Plate & Early Bird Specials Holiday Catering O en Daily 7 a,m. to 9 p.m. 536-1921 - 536-9849 P ute 60 East White Sulphur Springs Miss Windon Is Queen Candidate Missy Windon of Lewlsburg is the Concord College Homecoming Queen candidate of the Delta Zeta sorority. She is a member of the unior class, majoring in Travel ndustry Management. She is a resident of North Tower Resi- dence Hall. Her mother is Ms Mary Ellen Windon of Jefferson Street in Lewisburg. She lists special interest in working with children, traveling, and baton and rifle twirling. Womans' Club Meets Here The Lewisburg Woman's Club held its monthly meeting and luncheon on Monday, October 8 at Fort Savannah inn. There were 15 members present, plus the president of the Junior Wonmffs Club, Suzanne Pierce. A program was presented by daney Kortas who recreated a reading done for the Lewisburg Elementary School to mark "Great Read Aloud Day." Dressed in kimono and sandals, with her face painted white, she read a Chinese folk story called "Tlldd -- Tlkki Tembo." A report on the activities of the Junior Woman's Club was presented by Suzanne Pierce. Mary Owens reported on the District Convention which was held September 29 at Pence Springs. Welcome Wagon Will Gather The October Welcome Wagon meeting will be held Tuesday, October 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the home of Libby Wickline, 52-D Farm Road, Echols Acres. The speaker will be Geneva Mann from J & L Crafts and Fabrics. There will be a demon- stration on painting sweatshirts. For directions to the meeting, or for further information about Welcome Wagon, call Karin McComas at 647-3029; Rose- mary Dent, 645-3725; or doyce Kitchens. 645-1771. I Tri-City Club 1 Meeting News "Soup's On" was the lesson for Trl-Clty Homemakers Octo- ber 3, when the club met at the home of Mrs Arnold Dixon. with Mrs J. Ralph Jones, co-hostess. Mrs George Raines gave the les- son, giving us ways soup is served -- as an appetizer, an en- tree, an accompaniment, or as a main course of any dinner. Reci- pes were given and soup was served. Devotions were given by Mrs Marvin Clemens using as her theme, "lame." We all have the same amount of time. but how we use it? We never seem to have enough. She used Psalm 46:10 for her scripture and closed with prayer. Six members attended the workshop on September 28, "Basket Bonanza." Many types of baskets were shown. Mrs Wil- liana Eggert and Mrs Paul Yates showed their showhows for the workshop. Mrs Eggert also showed an October wall hanging. County Ih-esldent Ollle Hoover was welcomed as a guest and visitor. She gave a report of com- ing events and a report of the recent Fall Meeting at Jackson Mills. Dates to remember: Home- makers and 4-H All-Stars will serve Steak Dinner at the Youth Camp October 14 from 12 to 3 p.m. Next Council Meeting on November 19 at 10 a.m. followed by committees making goals. The Rowan Birthday Party is No- vember 20. Refreshments were served to Mrs Eggert, Mrs Hoover,'Mrs Henry Sessions, Mrs Ralnes, Mrs Paul Yates, Mrs Sam Bell, Mrs Clyde Bennett, Mrs Clemens. Mrs Wm. F. Dixon, Mrs Wm. Ramsey. Mrs Jones and Mrs Dixon. Next meeting will be Novem- ber 7 at the home of Mrs Henry Sessions with Mrs George Ralnes co-hostess. The lesson will be "Is It True What They Say About The English," by County Agent. Andrea Gainer. College Program On Public TV A half hour West Virginia Public Television program, "Col- lege is Possible," will provide ad- vise to parents and students on planning a college education. The program will be aired on WSWP (Becldey], Sunday, Octo- ber 21 at 5:30 p.m. and is pro- duced in co6peration with Wood- ]ands Mountain Institute, based in Pendleton County. -V' NAT,L iSTAMP COLLECTION MONTH The Messenger Brings You News So many people are choosing annuities as a means to a comlortable secure retirement. Don C. Sibold The Company You Keep Call me and let's "talk annuities". New York Life Insurance Co. 101 S. Court St. Lewisburg, WV (304) 645-2132 i "Your New Connection To Better Lighting" 256-2200 1-800-642-2762 Working To Make ale Your Life A Little Brighter 456 Ragland Road, Beckley :i q Alderson Art Show i' Major booth awards at the 14th Annual Alderson Arts Festival went to: Linda Winebrenner bury, Union; Hilda Schiedkamp, Mills; Beulah Price and Sallie Flint of Rupert; Liz Brenda Lester of Hanover. i~ ~i'~ ~i~ ~ i~ ~ Members of the Alderson Junior Woman's Club who and Crafts Festival were Lois Ann McVey, (left) Sarah E B Danberry, Mary Ruth Snedegar. Not present when taken were Barbara Harris, Barbara Merritt, Angela Honaker, Ruth Allen Smith, and Bobble Serreno. alk Alderson Junior Woman's Club sponsored Fall Festival. Pictured from left to right are: Karen F Crafts Chairman; Gina Still, President; Lizabeth L RogerS, and Kathy M Arbaugh, Country Kitchen Chairman. Two Greenbrier Students Merit Two Greenbrler East High School seniors have been se- lected as National Merit Scholar- ship Semi-Finalists. They are Mary Margaret "Meg" Huffman and Ray "Eddie" Perkins. The names of more than 15,000 semifinalists were an- nounced last week. These aca- demically talented high chool seniors represent about half of the one per cent of each of the state's graduating classes, semi- finalists have an opportunity to continue in competition for some 6,000 Merit Scholarships worth approximately $25 million. More than one million stu- dents in over 19,000 high schools in the United States en- tered the 1991 Merit program as juniors by taking the 1989 Pre- liminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Meg, the daughter of Clifford and Jennifer Huffman of Lewis- burg, is involved in Honor Society. Mu the math Spirit service grou Old Stone in Lewisburg and senior high Youth Fellowship. This past six weeks as an dent in Japan. she IS employee of the Lewisburg. Eddie, the son of Jackie Perkins of active at Greenbrier member of the ing and concert phonic band and He is also actiVe Scouts of America Lewlsburg Unite Church. He spent Europe this to study chemistry engineering at University of Vlrglrda" If you like the Mountain Please thank our Impotence isn't a problem any more. There's a treatment for impotence that has helped well over men since 1975. These men and their partners can now enjoy more satisfying lives and relationships. Can this treatment, or one of the other options available, help someone you love? Free Seminar Impotence" Causes and Treatments Humana Hospital - Wednesday, October 24, 7 - 9pm Guest Speakers will include Kyle F. Fort, M.D.; David F. Meriwether, M.D.; Thomas S. Kowalkowski, M.D.; Thomas Mann, M.D. and Clinical Psychologist Connie Bradley-Mann, For more information call" 1-800-MED-DOCS i i