To prevent youth alcohol use, our communities need to limit both social and retail access. Our coalition encourages adults to say "Not in My House" to underage drinking and urges retailers to comply with the minimum legal drinking age of 21.
Most underage drinkers in Sauk County don't buy alcohol directly from retailers. They get it from social sources like parties, older friends or siblings, or parents and other relatives-- their own or their friends'.
The Not in My House campaign encourages parents and other adults to say "Not in My House" to underage drinking and builds awareness of Wisconsin's Social Host Law.
Under the 2017 Wisconsin Social Host Law, if you provide a location for underage drinking to occur, or fail to take reasonable steps to prevent underage drinking* on a property you control, you could face citations ranging from $500 for the first offense to $10,000 for multiple offenses.
Plus, if someone gets injured or property is damaged, there may be lawsuits and costs that won't be covered by homeowner's insurance.
*For minors that aren't your own children or underage spouse
Get your Not in My House campaign materials today! Request our Party Tips brochure, Tips for Talking to Youth About Drugs brochure, Yard Sign, Parent Pledge Card, and key chain. We also have Not in My House stickers for alcohol retailers to put on cooler doors or products.
To join the movement and get campaign materials, contact Sauk County Public Health at (608) 355-3290 or P4P@saukcountywi.gov.
Alcohol age compliance checks use recruited youth (age 18-20) who attempt to purchase alcohol from local alcohol licensees (e.g. bars, convenience stores) with their own underage ID or no ID. Our coalition partners with local law enforcement to conduct these checks.
Compliance checks help Sauk County communities reduce illegal sales of alcohol to individuals under 21 years old. Research shows that effective and regular compliance checks help to: decrease alcohol sales to minors; reduce underage drinking; reduce traffic crashes, violence, and other health problems associated with alcohol misuse; and ultimately build healthier and safer communities.
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