Thursday, April 5, 2012

Sticker Shock

Look for these stickers and posters around the community!

You may wonder what this is all about. The Van Buren County SAFE Coalition and youth from the local YLC chapter will team up for Alcohol Awareness Month to remind adults that it is illegal to purchase or provide alcohol to minors. The goal of this youth-led initiative is to change adult attitudes about selling and providing alcohol to minors.

The students will visit almost every business in the county which sells carry-out alcohol to patrons. They will place bright red stop sign stickers on alcohol products in the stores to remind adults “It is illegal to purchase or provide alcohol to minors. Large posters will also be hung throughout the store near the alcohol.

“Kids are getting alcohol from friends and family who are old enough to buy it,” said one youth member. “When adults supply alcohol to youth it sends us a very mixed message. Underage drinking is not a teen problem, but a community problem. Adults, youth, law enforcement, and retail stores all need to be part of the solution.”

Van Buren County SAFE Coalition recognizes the following stores for their desire to manage the sale of alcohol responsibly: Boyd’s Grocery, Casey’s, Circle B, Douds Kwik Stop, H&K Pony Express, Jet Stop – Birmingham, Bonaparte and Milton and Moore’s Grocery. “A strong community message is sent when a business takes responsibility for speaking out against underage drinking,” said Heidi Bainbridge, Van Buren County SAFE Coalition coordinator. “We commend local businesses for taking a stand on this very important issue!”

Alcohol has been identified as the number one drug of choice among youth, and according to local youth, one of the easiest ways to obtain alcohol is from friends and family. The Sticker Shock campaign hopes to cause adults to think twice before making it any easier for youth to access alcohol.

For more information on the sticker shock campaign you may contact the SAFE coalition at: 319-293-6412 or check us out on the web at

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