Volunteers Fight Underage Drinking

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Updated: Wed, 06 Aug 2014 11:38:14 EST

Volunteer Macon is teaming up with youth volunteers and local liquor stores to spread the word about the dangers of underage drinking.

Volunteers from the Campus Club after school program participated in a sticker shock project at the Blue Moon Liquor Store on Pio Nono Avenue in Macon.
    

Students placed warning labels on bottles of liquor and cases of beer. The labels warn of the legal ramifications of providing alcohol to underage buyers.


And having youth help spread the message is an important part of the process.      

"They always feel that they are the problem because society always says youth do this and youth do that so now they want to be a part of the solution." -Tanya Graham/VOLUNTEER MACON

The initiative has a lot of support, not just from volunteer organizations but from the liquor stores themselves.

"We have over 28 separate retailers helping us with this push and again we are doing this to show that they are supporting our efforts in keeping alcohol away from youth. Nobody wants youth to drink. It's not good for their business its not good for the youth and of course its not good for the people providing it." -Christopher McDonald/VOLUNTEER MACON
         
Mercer Police and the Bibb County Sheriff's Office accompanied the group for the event.

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