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State Uses Alcohol Awareness Month To Regulate, Educate

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The state Department of Consumer Protection is using this Alcohol Awareness Month to highlight the results of ongoing compliance and enforcement efforts to raise awareness when it comes to underage drinking.

Commissioner William Rubenstein says the ongoing mission of the Liquor Control Division is to safeguard Connecticut residents by regulating those who distribute and sell alcohol.

Last year, the department conducted 798 compliance checks at liquor establishments.  Of those, 165 failed, making for a 79% overall compliance rate.

The Liquor Control Division partners with state and local police, as well as minors who volunteer with the Governor’s Prevention Partnership.

Establishments charged with selling liquor to youngsters are then brought before the Liquor Control Commission for a hearing.

Those found not in compliance can face temporary suspension of permits and monetary fines.

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