Liquor Store May Lose License After Allegedly Selling Alcohol To Over 100 Minors

By Britni de la Cretaz 03/23/17

All of the alleged violations occurred over St. Patrick's Day weekend. 

teenagers drinking alcohol.

A liquor store in Massachusetts is at risk of losing its license after it was reportedly found to be selling alcohol to underage patrons on St. Patrick’s Day weekend. And not just a few underage patrons left the store with booze—over 100 of them did.

At Quality Mart in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston, 122 minors were in possession of booze or attempting to buy booze, and 112 had fake IDs on them, as reported by MassLive. Approximately 49 cases of beer and 134 bottles of various types of alcoholic beverages were confiscated by investigators from the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission (ABCC), according to a press release. The area that the store is located in is close to several colleges, including Boston University, so it's likely the underage folks were students at nearby schools.

Unfortunately for the store, investigators with the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission were watching, due to its history of having "serious problems with underage kids purchasing alcoholic beverages with a false id or through adults buying alcoholic beverages for them," according to the release. 

The surveillance was part of the ABCC’s "Operation Safe Spring," an initiative aimed at "reducing underage drinking during potentially dangerous times of year when college graduations and high school graduations and proms take place,” their statement read.

As part of the program’s “front-line prevention,” officials call a teenager’s parents when they are caught drinking or trying to purchase alcohol. The office says the majority of parents aren’t aware that their kids are drinking, and that the intervention is a useful one that allows families to address underage drinking with their teens.

On another well-known weekend for imbibing, Super Bowl Sunday, a project in California tried a creative solution to deterring minors from purchasing alcohol. “Project Sticker Shock” placed stickers on alcoholic beverages that reminded people of the legal consequences of buying alcohol or providing alcohol to someone who is underage.

“We want to draw attention to the dangers of alcohol abuse and underage drinking,” said Jean Lorizio, Chair of the ABCC. “Underage drinking can have devastating consequences for minors and their loved ones.” According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), underage drinking accounts for 11% of all the alcohol consumed in the United States. However, in recent years, data has shown that underage drinking is actually on the decline.

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Britni de la Cretaz is a freelance writer, baseball enthusiast, and recovered alcoholic living in Boston. Follow her on Twitter at @britnidlc.