Investigation reveals underage drinking rates

Posted by Rachel Leigh - email

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - Teen drinking continues to be a big problem in South Florida, but the good news is undercover investigations show more stores that sell alcohol are doing their job by not selling to minors.

Florida state officials saw a 93 percent compliance rate for Palm Beach County and a 94 percent compliance rate for the Treasure Coast.

This comes as a new law has gone into effect that increases penalties. Stores that sell alcohol to individuals under the age of 21, three times within a 12-week period face up to a $1,000 fine and a seven-day license suspension.

But is all this working to keep alcohol out of the hands of teenagers? According to the most recent numbers from the Centers for Disease Control, 45-percent drank some amount of alcohol, 26-percent binge drink, 11-percent drove after drinking alcohol, and 29-percent rode with a driver who had been drinking alcohol.

Experts say, in many cases, teens are getting alcohol from their parents without them even knowing.

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