Over the course of the next one to three months, members of the Adams, North Adams and Williamstown police departments will conduct compliance checks at all licensed alcohol outlets to determine the number of licensed outlets illegally selling alcohol to those under 21.
Alcohol is the No. 1 drug problem among youth, killing more young people than all other illicit drugs combined.
* Frequent oversight of alcohol retailers increases compliance.
* Research also shows that the earlier youth begin drinking, the more likely they are to suffer injuries, binge drink and drive drunk.
* Preventing underage drinking is everyone’s responsibility.
Underage drinking costs Massachusetts approximately $1.4 billion a year while accounting for more than $560 million in alcohol sales, or approximately 15 percent, of all alcohol sold in the commonwealth. Activities such as compliance checks monitor and encourage establishments to make sure youth don’t have easy access to alcohol.
We thank establishments in advance for enforcing the 21 minimum drinking age law and for helping to keep our young people safe and substance free.
For information, visit www.nbccoalition.org.