Last month, the fine folks at Dawson McAllister approached me about K945 working with Dawson McAllister Live regarding Alcohol Awareness month. Of course, I said YES! If you're not familiar with Dawson, he's the counselor we run Sunday nights from 9pm to 2am. His show is geared towards young adults and he gives good, no nonsense advice for TODAY. That's my favorite part of the show. He's realistic. He knows what people are going through and doesn't try to pretend we live in a Beaver Cleaver world. I really hope you'll listen, and if you ever need to talk, consider calling the Hopeline. It's available 24/7 and if you can't get someone immediately, they will call you back.

According to the World Health Organization, the harmful use of alcohol results in 2.5 million deaths worldwide each year.

320,000 young people between the age of 15 and 29 die from alcohol-related causes, resulting 9% of all deaths in that age group. For more information contact:

SAMHSA's 24-Hour Toll-Free Treatment Referral Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (1-800-662-4357).

Alcohol Awareness Statistics:

• The World Health Organization estimates that about 76 million people throughout the world suffer from alcohol-related disorders.

• The harmful use of alcohol results in 2.5 million deaths worldwide each year. (World Health Organization)

• Alcohol is associated with many serious social and developmental issues, including violence, child neglect and abuse, and absenteeism in the workplace. (World Health Organization)

• Alcohol misuse is now the leading risk factor for serious injury in the United States, and the third leading cause of preventable death. It accounts for more than 75,000 deaths annually. (Center for Disease Control)

• In 2008, on average, one person died every 38 minutes as a result of alcohol-involved car crashes in the United States. That same year, law enforcement officials made nearly 1.5 million arrests for driving under the influence (DUI). (SAMSHA)