New Campaign Targets Underage Drinking

21 to Buy, Not Supply

Supplying Alcohol to Minors – New Campaign

Michigan re-launches the public awareness campaign called “21 to Buy, Not Supply”. The purpose of the campaign is to curb underage drinking and inform about the consequences of supplying alcohol to minors. A similar campaign was launched in 2014 and it is now re-launched as a statewide college campus campaign. It targets college campuses where house parties and tailgates increase the temptation for young adults to supply alcohol to minors and encourage underage drinking.

“Our target audience is young adults who turn 21 and suddenly have access to increased privileges and responsibilities,” Secretary of State Ruth Johnson explained.

The Risks of Underage Drinking

It is known that underage drinking increases the risk of sexual assault, unwanted pregnancies, personal safety issues, suicides and traffic crashes. Drunk driving and alcohol-related traffic accidents is a big problem not only in Michigan, but across the country. The rate of alcohol-related traffic accidents is greater for drivers ages 16 to 20 than for drivers in any other age group.

“Keeping alcohol out of the hands of minors is one of our greatest challenges,” Johnson said.

Think Twice About Buying Alcohol to a Minor

Anyone who thinks about supplying alcohol to underage friends or peers, should think twice. The penalties for providing alcohol to a minor are severe. You may face up to $1,000 in fines, up to 90 days in jail and legal fees of $5,000 or more. Those are only the immediate penalties. Broader consequences could include forfeited scholarships, lost wages, and even expulsion from college.


Read more at www.michigan.gov: Buying alcohol for under-aged friends


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