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MYSTIC — “Project 21,” a substance abuse prevention program focusing on preventing underage drinking in Stonington and Groton, has been formed to focus on educating area bars, restaurants and liquor stores about the importance of not selling or serving alcohol to people under age 21 for both legal and health purposes. The effort will primarily focus on Mystic-area businesses, as the two towns share a zip code.

Coalition staff and volunteers will be conducting outreach to local businesses as part of the project to provide them with education about the harms of underage drinking and give them materials to help them keep the community safe. Each participating business will receive a packet containing information about underage drinking prevention, tips on how to properly check IDs and reminders on the legal issues they could face if they serve underage. An optional pledge card will be available for the owner and employees to sign. Businesses are encouraged to tighten policies for their staff to ensure that they never serve to a minor and always pass state compliance checks.

Free electronic vouchers for TIPS training are available on a first come, first served for local establishments looking to enhance their staff training in this area. Certificates will be awarded when the participant completes the course and passes the exam.

For more information or to receive an education packet or TIPS e-voucher, contact Carolyn Wilson at 860-448-4882 or visit gettips.com.

Sun staff

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