Hattiesburg, MS —  In advance of the winter holiday season, Mark Hicks, Mississippi Office of Alcoholic Beverage Control; Brian Fischer, Charmer Sunbelt Group; Chief David Wynn, Hattiesburg Police Department; Danny Rigel, Lamar County Sheriff; and Jeff Farris, Oak Grove Plaza Package Store; joined Shannon Adams of The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, a national not-for-profit organization funded by the nation’s leading distillers, to launch a public awareness campaign to prevent underage drinking. The new initiative developed by The Federal Trade Commission and The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility called "We Don't Serve Teens," is designed to inform adults that providing underage youth with alcohol is unsafe, illegal, and irresponsible. The launch took place at Oak Grove Plaza Package Store on Hardy Street.

"We are unveiling our 'We Don't Serve Teens' campaign today to help prevent underage purchases and consumption of alcohol not only during the holiday season, but also throughout the year. The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility has found that nearly one in five (17%) adults believe it is acceptable for parents to provide alcohol to their teenagers in their own home. It is our hope this campaign will encourage parents to start and continue a dialogue with their teen about the dangers of underage drinking. Turning a blind eye is as irresponsible as putting a drink in their hands," said Shannon Adams of The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility.
Contact: 
CONTACT: Leslie Kimball
The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility
202-425-5423
via email