Magazine article The Alcoholism Report

Coats Named Honorary Co-Chair of National Citizens Commission

Magazine article The Alcoholism Report

Coats Named Honorary Co-Chair of National Citizens Commission

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Coats Named Honorary Co-chair of National Citizens Commission

Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN) said that alcohol should be included in the war on drugs. "Alcohol abuse is as much a part of our war as crack or cocaine, and, like illegal drugs, alcohol has torn apart many families and shattered many lives," he said in a Senate speech.

Coats has been named honorary co-chair of the National Citizens Commission on Alcoholism (NCCA), the panel established by former HHS Secretary Otis Bowen, MD, as part of his alcohol initiatives. He succeeds Bowen who resigned after leaving his HHS post last year. Former First Lady Betty Ford is also an honorary chairperson of the Commission, which is chaired by Robert Raclin, a former HHS official and Chicago businessman. The Commission operates under the aegis of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence.

"The effects of alcohol abuse know no bounds, and tragically, these consequences are not limited to the abusers themselves," Coats said. "Look no further than the American family for a sobering view of alcohol's devastating influence. …

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