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National campaign targets easy teen access to alcohol

March 23, 2014
Reinbeck Courier

Don't serve alcohol to teens. It's unsafe, illegal, and irresponsible.

As teens around the country begin prom season, the national We Don't Serve Teens program is once again targeting teens' easy access to alcohol. 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 family and friends, or they take it from a home without permission.

"About 180,000 kids visit the ER each year due to alcohol-related problems." said Wendy Monaghan, Public Health Manager, Grundy County Public Health. "So turning a blind eye to teen drinking contributes to harm." Visit for information.

The Don't Serve Teens campaign, led by the FTC, the nation's consumer protection agency, is supported by Grundy County Public Health and has been recognized by the U.S. House and Senate. Visit for more information.



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