BERKSHIRE COUNTY -- Police Departments in Adams, North Adams, and Williamstown, Massachusetts will conduct minimum drinking age compliance checks over the next one to three months in their respective towns.

Over the course of the next three months from June 1 to August 30, members of the Adams, North Adams, and Williamstown Police Departments will conduct compliance checks at all licensed alcohol outlets to determine the number of licensed outlets illegally selling alcohol to those under 21.

We know that alcohol is the No. 1 drug problem among youth, killing more young people than all other illicit drugs combined. Frequent oversight of alcohol retailers increases compliance. Research also shows that the earlier youth begin drinking, the more likely they are to suffer injuries, binge drink and drive drunk.

Preventing underage drinking is everyone's responsibility. Underage drinking costs Massachusetts approximately $1.4 billion a year while accounting for more than $560 million in alcohol sales, or approximately 15 percent of all alcohol sold in the Commonwealth. Activities such as compliance checks monitor and encourage establishments to make sure youth don't have easy access to alcohol.

We thank establishments in advance for enforcing the 21 minimum drinking age law, and for helping to keep our young people safe and substance free. We thank parents and young adults over 21 for not providing alcohol to minors.


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The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people in Northern Berkshire County, Massachusetts by organizing, supporting, and empowering the community. It places particular emphasis on strengthening neighborhoods and community life; preventing alcohol/substance abuse; fostering economic development; mitigating poverty; supporting positive youth development and building bridges between residents and service agencies. For information visit www.nbccoalition.org.