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National campaign targets easy teen access to alcohol

May 13, 2012
Reinbeck Courier

The legal drinking age is 21. As teens around the country prepare for graduation and spring and summer events, the national We Don't Serve Teens program is once again targeting easy teen access to alcohol. Grundy County Public Health will be working with area law enforcement and establishments that sell alcohol in Grundy County. Over the past two decades following adoption of the legal drinking age of 21 drinking by high school seniors has dropped substantially. It's a law that protects kids.

Too many teens still drink, though. Where do they get the alcohol? A U.S. government survey shows that most of them do not pay for it. Instead, they get it from older friends, from family members, at parties, or they take it from their home, or someone else's, without permission.

"Most adults support the legal drinking age. In fact, only 9% of American adults think that it is okay for adults to provide alcohol to underage youth. It's everyone's responsibility to create safe and healthy communities in Grundy County," said Chris Bare with Grundy County Public Health. If you learn that someone is thinking of providing alcohol to teens, tell them it is a bad idea.

The We Don't Serve Teens campaign, sponsored by a coalition of public and private sector organizations, including the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), has been recognized by the U.S. House and Senate. The FTC prepared and maintains



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