Art for alcohol awareness

Published 1:43 pm Monday, April 11, 2022

Achieving Recovery Together commemorated National Alcohol Awareness Month with an art contest for Clark County students.

This is the fifth year that the Winchester-based recovery non-profit has sponsored the contest for teenagers.

Representatives from the non-profit took over 1,400 brown paper lunch bags to Baker Intermediate, Calvary Christian, George Rogers Clark, and Robert D. Campbell, and left them for any student that wanted to participate.

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Each year the contest has a theme, and the one for 2022 is “For The Health Of It”.

The first place winner was Blane Mayhorn from Baker Intermediate. The second place winner was Addision Saylor from Robert C. Campbell. The third place winner was Adelynn Anderson from George Rogers Clark. Each of the winners received a small cash prize.

“So they go by that theme, and there are some guidelines that they go by. Our hope is that teachers will also instruct and educate them on alcohol use–responsible drinking for adults and why it is not good for kids,” said the non-profit’s executive director, Juanita Everman. “

Once the bags were collected from the schools, a group of judges spent Thursday and Friday evaluating the entries. A winner was expected to be chosen Monday.

“We will leave the bags hanging for a couple of weeks,” Everman said.

Then the artwork will be put to good use across the community.

“The bags will be taken to Hickman Street Grocery, South Main Grocery and JK’s [Cafe]. And they will be used to give to their customers as they purchase their items, and then they will go out into the community,” Everman said.

Tentative evidence from several studies shows that alcohol consumption has risen sharply since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic two years ago, though how much might not be known for several years.

Regardless, Everman sees overconsumption of it as an issue.

“We know that alcohol is misused just as much as prescribed medication or other pills or other drugs,” she said.