When my daughter Brittany Hallett died Nov. 5, 2014, at 26 years of age, she left a huge hole in my heart that will never heal. Many of you will recall the message I wrote in the April 2, 2015, issue of The Milton Courier about her struggles and her defeat by alcohol dependency. I reached out to the community asking everyone to take positive action to influence their own lives.

My story generated much interest within the community and beyond via The Milton Courier website and social media. The community interest tragically underscores the tremendous toll that alcoholism inflicts on so many people whom we know and love. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) says in the U.S., one in 12 adults will have a drinking problem at one point in their lifetime. That stunning statistic emphasizes just how real the risks are for every person reading this. As I’ve said before, I’m not advocating that everyone should stop drinking alcohol completely. I just want people to be acutely responsible and drink in moderation. Be aware of the frequency and volume that you drink, and never drink when you are sad or under stress. If you are already struggling, please seek help immediately. Alcoholism is a progressive disease that makes it harder and harder to stop with each additional drink consumed.

I have made it my life’s mission to save at least one life by the end of my own. This will be my daughter’s legacy. Hopefully it will not stop with just one life. My greatest hope is to save thousands along the way. This is what keeps me going. I’m not doing this to give my daughter’s life meaning. Her loving heart already had such priceless meaning. I want to give her death meaning. Her tragic death gives my voice the impact to move mountains in the fight to save lives.

Sept. 27, 2015 will be Brittany Rose’s golden birthday. She would have turned 27. Sunday will be a bittersweet day for me and the rest of her family and friends. To commemorate this very special day, I will be launching a new website, Brittany’s Alcoholism Counseling and Prevention, which will be updated frequently in the coming days and months. See www.BrittanysAlcoholismCounselingAndPrevention.com or www.BrittanysACAP.com.

The website will serve many purposes:

1) To help those who are suffering from this devastating disease get alcoholism counseling.

2) To help get counseling for the loved ones of alcoholics so they can learn how to help them. They might learn that what they are trying to do to help may actually be making the problem worse.

3) To create public awareness about many important issues involved with alcohol dependency.

The website also will have other purposes and include progress updates and fundraising events and activities.

This summer, I had the honor of creating a video that will be shown to area schools, youth groups and church members. A 4-minute video called “Brittany’s Legacy: Exposing the Invisible Line” is my first line of defense for alcohol dependency prevention.

The cornerstone of my mission is prevention. I want to create awareness about how drinking alcohol might affect each person and their family and friends, so hopefully many people will never cross over “the invisible line” into alcohol dependency in the first place.

With one in 12 adults suffering from drinking problems at some point in their lifetime, the need for counseling and prevention is extremely high. Alcohol dependency is a disease that hits people from every walk of life, every social class and every profession. It is something that happens TO a person without their permission and without their knowledge. They do not realize that they have crossed over the invisible line into the fight for their very life for the rest of their life.

Please join me in the fight to make a difference in saving many lives.

Consider making a donation to Brittany’s Alcoholism Counseling And Prevention Fund. To make a donation, contact any BMO Harris Bank and mention the name of this fund: Brittany’s Alcoholism Counseling And Prevention Fund.

If you have ideas about how I might help more effectively in this cause, if you would like to volunteer at any fundraising events and/or if you or your business would like to become a sponsor of any of these events, please contact me via Brittany’s website or e-mail me at JennyHallett@BrittanysACAP.com.

Thank you so very much for all of your love and support throughout this very difficult year, for checking out Brittany’s new website and for helping in any way possible. Thank you especially for taking positive steps in your own life to prevent yourself from ever crossing over that invisible line, or if you have already crossed over, then thank you for getting help immediately.

And again, if you think you or someone you love has a problem with alcohol dependency, contact the Alcoholics Anonymous hotline for northern Rock County at (608) 774-2812, or Rock County Crisis Intervention at (608) 757-5025, and check out the NCADD’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/NCADDNational.

Jenny Hallett,

Mother of Brittany Hallett

Editor’s note: Jenny Hallett is the advertising account representative for

The Milton Courier

Reach out for help

If you think you or someone you love has a problem with alcohol dependency, contact the Alcoholics Anonymous hotline

for northern Rock County at (608) 774-2812,

or Rock County Crisis Intervention at (608) 757-5025, and visit the NCADD’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/NCADDNational.

Find help

Offer help

Consider making a donation to Brittany’s Alcoholism

Counseling And Prevention Fund. To make a donation,

contact any BMO Harris Bank and mention:

Brittany’s Alcoholism Counseling And Prevention Fund.

If you have ideas or would like to help in other ways, contact me via Brittany’s website or e-mail me at JennyHallett@BrittanysACAP.com.

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