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If you live in Bloomington-Normal, you might have noticed a yellow sticker on the last six pack of beer you bought. The Youth Action Board has conducted a “Sticker Shock” campaign, placing stickers and signs in businesses informing adults of the consequences for providing alcohol to minors.

The most common way for youth to obtain alcohol is through someone over the age of 21.  Adults should not be suggesting to youth that underage drinking is OK by providing it for them.

Alcohol plays a part in many preventable teen deaths, injuries and sexual assaults. Research has also shown that alcohol damages the brains and bodies of young people that are still developing.

There are many reasons the drinking age is 21. One in three people who start drinking at age 15 will become alcoholics. However, those who start drinking at age 21 are four times less likely to become alcoholics than those who start drinking at age 15. YAB hopes our “Sticker Shock” campaign will prevent adults from buying alcohol for young people.

Kimberly Knoblauch, Normal

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