Article 1. Statement Of Problems Related To The Inappropriate Use Of Alcoholic Beverages And Other Drug Use And The Reasons For And Limitations On State Government’s Role of California Health And Safety Code >> Division 10.5. >> Part 2. >> Chapter 1. >> Article 1.
The Legislature finds and declares that problems related to
the inappropriate use of alcoholic beverages and other drug use
adversely affect the general welfare of the people of California.
These problems include, but are not limited to, the following:
(a) Substantial fatalities, permanent disability, and property
damage resulting from driving under the influence. Crimes involving
alcohol and other drug use are a drain on law enforcement, the
courts, and the penal system.
(b) Alcoholism in the individual, which is an addiction to the
drug alcohol, with its attendant deterioration of physical and
emotional health and social well-being.
(c) Alcoholism and other drug use in the family with its attendant
deterioration of all relationships and the well-being of family
(d) A risk of increased susceptibility to serious illnesses and
other major health problems that ultimately create a burden on both
public and private health facilities and resources.
(e) A risk of fetal alcohol syndrome.
(f) Losses in production and tax revenues due to absenteeism,
unemployment, and industrial accidents.
The Legislature recognizes that any efforts to address the
problems related to inappropriate alcohol use and other drug use are
greatly hindered by:
(a) The stigmatization of persons who have alcohol and other drug
(b) Denial by the individual and the community, especially among
members of the professional community, sometimes referred to as
gatekeepers, regarding the nature and scope of alcohol and other drug
(c) Services that, if uncoordinated, often are conflicting,
inappropriate, ineffective, duplicative, and wasteful of limited
public and private resources.
(d) Actions and attitudes that encourage consumption of alcoholic
beverages in California, which consumption leads to alcohol problems.
(e) Actions and attitudes that encourage illicit drug use.
The Legislature finds that state government has an
affirmative role in alleviating problems related to the inappropriate
use of alcoholic beverages and other drug use and that its major
objective is protection of the public health and safety, particularly
where problems related to inappropriate alcohol use and other drug
use are likely to cause harm to individuals, families, and the