As students across North Carolina prepare to embark on another school year, academic lessons might not be all they are exposed to. Some students might also find they are placed in circumstances where they will have to make decisions about underage alcohol consumption or drinking and driving.
North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement and all of their law enforcement partners hope to aid sound student decision making by reminding everyone there is zero tolerance for underage alcohol use.
“We want North Carolina students to enjoy their school experience and make the most out of every opportunity. However, when it comes to trying alcohol, we want to remind them underage drinking can lead to disastrous consequences. It is illegal for any person under 21 to purchase, attempt to purchase, possess, or consume alcoholic beverages. It is also illegal for parents or older friends to provide alcohol or to host underage drinking parties,” says ALE Branch Head Mark Senter.
ALE is planning many programs, partnerships and campaigns to familiarize North Carolina students with a zero tolerance message during this school year. ALE also plans to increase their enforcement focus on ABC licensed outlets near colleges and universities across the state.
The community can aid ALE’s zero tolerance enforcement efforts by reporting any information related to underage drinking violations or activities by contacting ALE toll-free at 1-877-253-2436.