The recently reported illegal sale of alcohol to minors is a recurring issue at some Cobb County Kroger locations. It is important for Cobb Commissioners to take these illegal sales seriously and issue sanctions that are effective at deterring future violations. It remains to be seen whether a 60-day suspension of Kroger’s alcohol license at its Powder Springs Road store will result in sustained compliance.
Government and business practices proven to help prevent underage alcohol sales do exist and need to be utilized. Law enforcement use of compliance checks and government use of effective administrative sanctions have proven helpful. Business use of effective alcohol policies, hiring, training and management practices can also help. Enforcing underage drinking laws saves lives and saves money.
Alcohol causes more harm for youth than all illegal drugs combined. The U.S. Department of Transportation reports an average of 48 teens