PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- There is a community effort underway to address the problem of youth access to alcohol.
Last month, nearly thirty percent of Portland retailers failed a compliance check and sold alcohol to minors. Now, many of those same stores are participating in a program to curb underage drinking.
The program is called "Project Sticker Shock." The idea is that by placing stickers on cases of beer in stores, they will raise awareness about the consequences of selling and buying alcohol for minors. It's a partnership between 21 Reasons, LearningWorks, and the Portland Police Department. Students from LearningWorks are helping to place bright orange stickers on cases of beer at twelve stores around the city. Eleven of those stores failed the compliance check. The organizations involved say the majority of Portland teens say alcohol is easy to access. They hope to discourage adults from buying alcohol for minors.
"Among our students, unfortunately, you can see it every day," LearningWorks Director Ethan Strimling said. "And it's something we have to talk to our students about every day. And part of what we confront every day is the adults in their lives not helping to reinforce the message."
The stores participating in the program are: 3-D Variety, 885 Brighton Av., Energy North, 1199 Congress St., 7-11, 27 Washington Ave, Fresh Approach, 155 Brackett St., Amato's, 312 St John St, Mellen St Market, 79 Mellen St, Amato's, 71 India St Moran's Market, 1576 Forest Ave, Anania's, 606 Washington Ave On the Run, 1196 Congress St, CVS, 111 Auburn St, Quality Shop, 473 Stevens Ave.