In Tuesday’s hearing, the opposition rolled out a representative from the Tennessee Drug Awareness Council. This is the first time TDAC has testified in four hearings on wine in food stores.
Two things from the testimony. The first is the TDAC representative said underage drinkers get 94% of their alcohol from their own homes or the homes of their friends. This goes right to our point teens rarely try to purchase alcohol in stores, especially when they know they will have to show proof of age as required in all grocery and convenience stores. Thanks for providing that information.
The TDAC representative testified about the cost to Tennessee of underage drinking. He explained the costs are associated with youth violence, youth traffic violations, high-risk sex, property crime, etc. In all, he said it costs Tennessee $1.7 billion per year. Here’s a link to the entire report.