Did you know that in 2004 and 2005 at least half of the drivers that died on Bermuda's roads were found to be driving over the legal limit of alcohol or under the influence of drugs?  Did you know that in 2006, 76 percent of those tested for drunk driving after being involved in an accident failed the test?  Did you know that it is illegal to sell or serve alcohol to someone who is already drunk?

 

Anthony Santucci. Chairman of the Centre for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention asked; did you know that in 2004 and 2005 at least half of the drivers that died on Bermuda's roads were found to be driving over the legal limit of alcohol or under the influence of drugs?  Did you know that in 2006, 76 percent of those tested for drunk driving after being involved in an accident failed the test?  Did you know that it is illegal to sell or serve alcohol to someone who is already drunk?

 

Today, our main objectives at CADA are:  To reduce the incidence of drinking and driving; To reduce the incidence of underage drinking; To reduce the selling and serving of alcohol to those who are already intoxicated; and  To raise the community's awareness of the negative effects of alcohol.

 

At CADA we believe that information and knowledge are extremely important and we provide education to the community totally free by using our three programs,

Bermuda Responsible Alcohol Sales and Service (BRASS), the Lions Quest Life Skills and Community Education and Awareness.

 

BRASS uses the internationally recognized, Training for Intervention Procedures program, TIPS.  TIPS is the global leader in education and training for the responsible service, sale, and consumption of alcohol. It is a skills-based training program that is designed to prevent intoxication, underage drinking and drunk driving.

 

A total of 79 managers and servers have been trained to date. We are now preparing to train the managers and staff at Elbow Beach Hotel. CADA commends and congratulates all of these establishments who have already completed the training for being responsible corporate citizens by participating in the TIPS training.

 

We continue to work hard to ensure that more and more licensed establishments know about the free TIPS training and encourage their managers and wait staff to go through the program. It is my goal, to one day see TIPS training as a mandatory prerequisite for any person who sells and serves alcohol in Bermuda.

 

CADA conducts the Lions Quest Life Skills program in Bermuda's schools and after-school programs. It is a comprehensive, positive youth development and prevention program designed to cultivate capable and healthy young people of strong character through life skills, character education and drug and alcohol prevention.

 

We are often asked why we are working with primary school students - surely they are too young to know anything about alcohol.  In a 2003 survey conducted by the Department for National Drug Control, they found that 58% of M2-S4 students surveyed stated they had tried alcohol. These are students between the ages of 12 and 16.  In that same study 93% of the students surveyed reported that first use had taken place by age 14 years. Our children look to us to set examples for how they should behave with alcohol.  If they see us abusing alcohol more than likely they will have the same relationship with alcohol.

 

A charity like CADA, does not work in isolation. We have forged close ties and good working relationships with the Department for National Drug Control, the Bermuda Police Service and the Road Safety Council. We publicly thank them for the continued support they provide