Program seeks to crack down on underage drinking with stickers

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ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. -- A group in Alamance County said they want warning stickers on sweet flavored alcoholic drinks to warn minors about the dangers of drinking.

Alamance Citizens for a Drug Free Community said they want convenience stores to mark "alcopops" such as Four Loko and Mike's Harder Lemonade with a sticker by the end of the month.

Karen Webb is with the organization and said the sticker would look like a stop sign and read "Prevent Underage Drinking." She describes the drinks as "black outs" or "binge drinking" in a can.

Don Henley owns three Cruz Thru's in Alamance County and said the alcopop drinks in his stores will have the stickers on them. He said it's a reminder for his workers and their customers. 

"It might be a 22 or 23-year-old that's going in to buy for the underage drinker, so it's possible if it helps one person then it's helping," he said.

Alamance County resident Lauren Sennott said she is skeptical the stickers will work.

"It's a little bit too much. I don't think you need to be told over and over again you're underage, you should know," she said.

Burlington Police said they arrested 86 underage drinkers last year. Authorities said teenage girls are more likely than boys to drink alcopops.

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