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星期五, 2月 17, 2017

QUINCY BAR CHARGED WITH SELLING ALCOHOL TO MINORS

QUINCY BAR CHARGED WITH SELLING ALCOHOL TO MINORS
14 minors found in possession of alcohol

QUINCY – On Thursday, February 16, 2017 at approximately 11:30 pm, Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) Investigators found 14 minors in possession of alcohol at Revel in Quincy. The underage persons were mainly area college students. The bar will be summoned for a hearing before the Commission; if found to have violated the law, the bar’s liquor license could be subject to suspension, modification, or revocation.

The enforcement was part of the ABCC efforts to prevent underage drinking. Statistics show that three teens die from drinking and driving every day, and approximately six teens die every day of non-driving alcohol-related causes, such as homicide, suicide, and drowning. Alcohol intoxication has also been reported to be involved in 47% of homicides and 23% of suicides involving people under 21. In Massachusetts alone, the overall cost of alcohol abuse by youth is estimated at $1.4 billion.
“Bars and restaurants have an obligation to responsibly serve only those patrons that are of age,” said Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, who oversees the Commission. “We will continue to step up our monitoring and enforcement actions because we know this can save lives and prevent tragedies before they happen.”

In 2016, ABCC enforcement programs produced the following results: 1,027 minors in possession or transporting alcoholic beverages; 223 adults procuring alcohol for minors; 118 individuals in possession of false identification; and 399 cases of beer and 469 bottles of alcohol were confiscated by Investigators, preventing delivery to approximately 6,286 underage individuals.

To encourage family involvement and intervention in addressing the problem of underage drinking, the ABCC has implemented a parent notification program to inform parents, at the time of the incident, of the situation in which their child is involved. Investigators have found this intervention to be very effective.