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Advocacy and Public Policy
At last there seems to be a greater interest in alcoholism and chemical dependency. On a national level, there is the appointment of "Drug Czar" William Bennett and there has been a slight increase in monies for research efforts for the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
There are also efforts within state government such as the comprehensive drug plan being developed for the state of North Carolina.
Unfortunately, the emphasis often seems to be strictly on illegal drugs. I would like to see more coverage of the fact that alcohol is our number one drug. I challenge everyone in the field to press this issue.
When we are not part of certain groups, we think that our …