WINOOSKI, Vt. – A group of Winooski students are using stickers to raise awareness of underage drinking as part of the Above the Influence after school program.
The ‘Sticker Shock’ campaign had students placing warning stickers on various items at Beverage Warehouse in Winooski detailing the penalties for providing minors with alcohol.
According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the most common source of alcohol for underage drinkers is someone 21 or older that they’re not related to.
“This is part of how we raise awareness about how the research shows if you talk to your kids about expectations around alcohol use that they’re less likely to use it,” said Kate Nugent, executive director of Winooski Partnership for Prevention.
According to the 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 14 percent of Vermont students drank alcohol before age 13, and 33 percent of high school students said they drank in the 30 days before the survey.
Lukas Zweeres, a 9th grade student at Winooski High School, said his life has been affected by substance abuse and wants those statistics to decline.
“I joined because my father had a drug addiction,” Zweeres said. “It ended up ending in a divorce, which I feel is hard enough on its own, so I don’t think things around that type should be promoted.”
The ‘Sticker Shock’ campaign is part of a nationwide effort to raise awareness of underage drinking.