Thursday, June 2, 2005

Letter to the Editor

Prevent, Don’t Provide:
Dear Editor,

The 2003 National Academy of Sciences Report revealed that two-thirds of teens get alcohol from their parents or other adults. Parents who think it’s OK to host a party with alcohol for their teen need to think again. It’s irresponsible, illegal, and can have serious consequences on teens for the rest of their lives.

That’s why A&B Distributing Company and Anheuser-Busch are working with convenience stores, grocery stores, and other retailers on a responsibility program aimed at parents and adults.

Titled “Prevent Don’t Provide,” the campaign reminds adults to do their part in preventing underage drinking by not providing alcohol to minors.

The good news is government studies show that more than 26 million youth ages 12-20 are doing the right thing by not drinking, and the number of fatalities in teen drunk-driving crashes has declined by 60 percent since 1982.

But we know there’s more work to do.

Many of us at A&B Distributing Company are parents too...sharing the same concerns as every other parent about underage drinking, and we know mixing teens, inexperience and alcohol can be a recipe for disaster.

Responsibility matters, and we urge parents and all adults 21 and older to join us in this fight and help prevent underage drinking...don’t provide alcohol to minors.

Joan Lunsford

Consumer Awareness & Education

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