Lexington youth coalition uses window signs to try to deter alcohol purchases for minors

bestep@herald-leader.comApril 27, 2014 

High school students working against underage drinking put out window clings at about 30 businesses on Sunday.

The signs are designed to deter people from buying alcohol for minors, which is one key way underage drinkers get alcohol. They read: "We don't sell to minors, thank you for not buying for minors."

"We are distributing the window clings at this time because we are concerned about binge drinking and accidents that result from underage drinking during prom and graduation celebrations," said Sofi Tzouanakis, president of the Youth Coalition for Alcohol Education.

The organization developed the project with the help of DrugFreeLex, a coalition that includes the Mayor's Alliance on Substance Abuse and the Fayette County Agency for Substance Abuse Policy.

The youth coalition includes students from six public and private high schools in Lexington, according to a news release.

Tzouanakis said students placed the signs at about 30 participating businesses, including liquor stores and convenience stores that sell alcohol.

The signs will be up through June.

Businesses participating in the project include Traxx Lexington Shell gas stations, Kroger, Good Foods Market & Café, The Liquor Barn, Unlimited Spirit and select Exxon, Valero and Marathon gas stations.

Other retailers are welcome to join the effort. Businesses may contact youth sponsor Lynsey Sugarman for information Her email is lssugerman@gmail.com.

High school students in Fayette County reported in a 2012 Kentucky Incentives for Prevention survey that it was easy to get alcohol from friends and older siblings.

Among 10th-graders surveyed, 58 percent said it was easy to get alcohol. The figure among 12th graders was 84 percent, with 61 percent saying they got it from friends, according to a news release.

Bill Estep: (606) 678-4655. Twitter: @billestep1.

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