During the month of May, Project Sticker Shock will take place throughout Grant County. Bright orange, 3×3 stickers will be placed on cases of beer at participating retailers as a reminder that providing alcohol to minors can result in fines up to $500 or 1 year in jail.
End-of-year celebrations and the start of the summer months provide increased access for our youth to be exposed to and receive alcohol. However, it is our hope that the community be reminded that while it may be possible to provide a safe environment for teens, there is no safe amount of alcohol for the developing brain.
Studies show that youth perception of harm from alcohol use decreases as they approach the legal drinking age of 21 but the human brain is still not fully developed until approximately age 25. Studies also show that even just one trusted, caring adult is one of the strongest protective factors that protect youth from engaging in substance use and other risky behaviors. Be that trusted adult to say “No, not in my house”.
We want to thank the following community partners for their participation in Project Sticker Shock this year: Grant County Oil Company (Crittenden Fastlane, Dry Ridge Fastlane, Williamstown Fastlane, Main Street Fastlane, Corinth Fastlane) and On the Rocks Beer, Wine & Liquor. We would also like to recognize the following community partners that have completed Responsible Beverage Server Training so far this year: Belle’s Smokin’ BBQ (4 employees trained) and On The Rocks/Moonbird (2 employees trained).
All of our community partners, including those not listed here, consistently work to protect our youth from underage drinking. Youth substance use prevention is only possible when we — as parents, as business owners, as citizens — work together.