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Don't be drunk in front of your kids, says new Dubuque campaign

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) - A new media campaign launched by the Iowa Department of Public Health wants the public to think about how binge drinking can change the way a child views their parent.

According to officials at the Helping Services for Northeast Iowa in Dubuque County, the rate of binge drinking for the state of Iowa is 23.6 percent.

In Dubuque County, they say the rate for binge drinking is a much higher 38.1 percent.

"The binge drinking rate in Dubuque County is much higher than it is for the rest of the state of Iowa," said Sue Greene, the strategic prevention framework coordinator for Helping Services for Northeast Iowa in Dubuque County. "So we know we have a problem here."

Dubuque County is one of 23 counties chosen for the "Changes You" campaign, which focuses on the way binge drinking can change the way a child views their parent.

"We are trying to explain to the parents what happens when your child sees you drunk," Greene said. "Because a lot of the time, I think parents think the worse thing that is going to happen is maybe a hangover in the next morning. But really, the bigger impact is the kids."

Greene said once a child sees their parent or parents drunk, they will never look at them the same way. She also said binge drinking doesn't just take a toll on the person doing the drinking, but the family as well.

Greene said she hopes this campaign will decrease the rate for binge drinking in Dubuque County.

If you or someone you know is dealing with an alcohol addiction, Greene recommends the following links for self-help groups:

Al-Anon Family Groups --- www.al-anon.org

Alateen --- www.alateen.org

Alcoholics Anonymous--- www.aa.org

Adult Children of Alcoholics --- www.adultchildren.org

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