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Under age drinking increases during New Year's holiday

December 29, 2007

Albany -- Underage drinking is also a problem during the holidays.

Convenient store clerks and cashiers are supposed to card everyone that comes through their lines trying to buy alcohol.

And this time of year they usually see more teens trying to get around it.

Albany Police officers are asking parents to step in to try to curb this end of the year trend.

"Well, yes we have more people buying alcohol this time of year, but we card everybody. It doesn't matter if they are young or old. We card everybody," said Charlotte Brooks. 

"We feel it is very important that it comes from the home first, from the parents. As far as drinking, first of all, any person that does consume or purchase alcohol should be at least 21 years of age," said Albany Police Patrolman, Jarda Whitaker. 

Many Albany Police Officers have received advanced specialized training in D.U.I. detection and Standardized Sobriety.

And they will be on the look-out for those underage drinkers.

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