Modesto, CA — In advance of back to school season, Congressman George Radanovich (R-19); Stockton District Administrator Leonard Bachman, California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control; and Assistant Chief Mike Harden, Modesto Police Department; joined Dana Fudurich of The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility to launch a public awareness campaign designed to prevent underage drinking and discourage adults from providing alcohol to minors. The launch was held at Beverages & More on Sisk Road.
"Key to addressing the problem of underage drinking is having a
sense for where youth obtain the alcohol they drink. In a recent survey
commissioned by The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, we asked teens, 'Where do you get
the alcohol that you drink?' 65% of the youth surveyed said that they
got the alcohol they drink from family and friends, meaning they got it
from their parents, their friends' parents, older siblings or family
members or older friends, with or without permission," said Fudurich.
Based on the survey data stating that 65% of youth who drink obtain alcohol from their family and friends, The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, a national not-for-profit organization funded by America's leading distillers and dedicated to fighting drunk driving and underage drinking, created a campaign that highlights the point-of-access to alcohol by underage youth. The campaign encourages parents to play a more active role in keeping alcohol out of the hands of our nation's youth. The key component to the campaign is a 30-second Public Service Announcement (PSA), buttons and informational bilingual tip cards that provide tips for parents on how to talk with their kids about alcohol that will be distributed at the point-of-purchase.
"Parents need to take every opportunity, or create opportunities, to talk to their kids about underage drinking. When you talk, they really do listen," said Congressman Radanovich. "Study after study shows that kids cite their parents as the leading influence over their decision to drink or not to drink alcohol. I am delighted to be here today to stand alongside leaders in the community, working together to ensure that parents have useful information to help them have a meaningful and effective conversation with their kids about the dangers of underage drinking."
"Alcohol is accessible to our youth far too often, particularly now that we are approaching the holiday weekend and back to school season. Among 12-20 year olds, more than 26 percent reported past month alcohol consumption in California. Clearly, more work needs to be done. Protecting the safety, particularly the safety of our city's most precious resource — our young people — is a top priority for my organization," said Bachman.
Chief Harden said, "While it is certainly important to discourage underage sales, kids get alcohol from other sources, and kids can be very creative about obtaining alcohol. We will be working aggressively during the back to school season and throughout the entire year to keep alcohol out of our local teens' hands."
Wholesaler said, "We all have a role to play in the fight against underage drinking. The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility's program is just one of the many examples of how we can work to prevent underage drinking and purchasing of alcohol here in Modesto."
The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility will distribute the public service announcements to television stations that serve Indianapolis and has launched the campaign in over 70 other markets nationwide. The campaign will continue to be rolled out in cities across the country through 2006.
Since The Foundation's inception in 1991, approximately 10 million pieces of point of sale items have been distributed free of charge to retailers and wholesalers nationwide. In fact, The Foundation's point of sale materials have been distributed in all 50 states.
The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility