In response to the recent article, “Liquor authorities hit valley,” the Eagle River Youth Coalition would like to acknowledge the Colorado Department of Revenue and local law enforcement entities, including the Avon and Vail police departments, for their commitment to the safety of local citizens. Studies have shown that compliance checks are effective in reducing sales to underage, with margins of increasing the reduction of sales to underage youth from 17 percent to 50 percent, while encouraging alcohol retailers to police themselves (University of Minnesota’s Alcohol Epidemiology Program).
As recognized through local and national data assessments, impaired driving and underage alcohol consumption remain community concerns. Our county is no exception. Consider the following statistics:
1.41 million drivers were arrested in 2010 for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics (Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2010).
Drunk driving costs each adult in this country almost $500 per year(National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2002).
42 percent of Eagle County teenagers reported to started drinking alcohol at age 14 or younger (Eagle County Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, 2011).
Youth who begin drinking at age 14 or younger are three times more likely to develop a substance use disorder (Report to Congress on Underage Drinking Prevention and Reduction, 2012).
While numerous alcohol retailers have held high standards in identification check policies, the following Avon, Vail and Eagle-Vail establishments should be commended for successfully passing the recent state liquor compliance checks: Avon Liquors, Beaver Liquors, Joe’s Liquors, Ticino, Red Mountain Grill, Northside Cafe, Fiesta Jalisco, Loaded Joe’s, Pazzo’s Avon, Agave, Food! By Marc, Sheraton Mountain Vista, Cafe de Luna, Westin Riverfront, City Market Avon, Shell Avon, Walmart, 7-Eleven Avon, Pier 13 Liquor, Shop & Hop, May Palace, West Side Cafe, Gohan-Ya, Yellowbelly, Spike’s Liquors, Vail Fine Wines, Lionshead Liquor Store, Vendetta’s, La Bottega and Cinebistro.
Beyond compliance checks, effective strategies on addressing alcohol abuse prevention and reduction, as well as additional data, can be found on the Eagle River Youth Coalition’s website at eagleyouth.org. The Eagle River Youth Coalition would like to extend its gratitude to all the community members who work to ensure the health and success of our local youth!
Michelle Hartel Stecher
Executive Director, Eagle River Youth Coalition