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Posted: Sunday, August 17, 2008 10:00 pm

The start of a new school year for teens means new classes, activities, friends and, sometimes, new challenges that may include peer pressure to drink alcohol.

Though resistance can be difficult for teens, as a parent your involvement has a significant impact on your child's decisions. According to the 2007 GfK Roper Youth Report, 71 percent of 8-17 year olds cite their parents as the No. 1 influence on whether they drink.

That is why Anheuser-Busch Sales of Stockton/San Andreas offers "Family Talk About Drinking," a free guide designed to encourage open and honest communication between parents and children to help prevent underage drinking.

Strong educational programs such as these, paired with effective law enforcement, are essential to make progress in the fight against underage drinking and teen drunk driving. Here in California, 85 percent of 12-17 year olds do not drink, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. In addition, the federally funded University of Michigan's "Monitoring the Future" annual study found that the percentage of 8th-graders who reported having a drink in the last 30 days is at the lowest level since tracking began in 1991. The percentage of high school seniors who reported having a drink in the last 30 days is also at the lowest level since tracking began in 1975.

We must continue to guide and influence youth to ensure this progress persists. Parents can obtain their copy of "Family Talk" at familytalkonline.com or by calling (800) 359-TALK.

Leslie Snyder

Marketing Services Manager

AB Sales of Stockton/San Andreas

Servicing the Lodi Community

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  • posted at 6:34 pm on Mon, Aug 18, 2008.


    I worked two years at a 7-11 and another three at a fast mart during college (graveyard and then a day of classes, fun, probably why I have insomnia now). Alway had a policy to card anyone that looked under 30. Last thing I needed was a huge fine AND no job.Forget the teens, it was the already intoxicated people after 2:00 (when we couldn't sell beer anymore) that were the real hassle. Had to dial the cops more than once.It's amazing the kind of people you see between 1 and 4 in the morning. Even in small twon USA.

  • posted at 6:29 pm on Mon, Aug 18, 2008.


    Can't Dogs, I got three kids in school to walk there and back. Besides one week is to L.A. which I can't stand and another week to Seattle which is even worse. I may compituate to her wishes and go to D.C. next year with her but not really looking forward to that either. Besides that would be lot of airfare that's not in the budget and since we don't use credit cards I'm left to cuddle with the dog that's not allowed on the bed when she's home.

  • posted at 3:37 pm on Mon, Aug 18, 2008.


    I'd like to see how many of these mini marts could survive and for how long without alcohol and cigarette sales. Anyone think more than a year at the outside?

  • posted at 3:34 pm on Mon, Aug 18, 2008.


    Dogs, the biggest money makers for every minimart in any town is alcohol, especially that little brown bag with the drive home brew in it or cigarettes. Just hwere do you think the kids get their alcohol and cigarettes from besides their parents stash. These market owners have their own clientele and many only use family members as clerks and know who they can sell to regardless of age. How did you and I get our tipplins' when we were teens?

  • posted at 3:30 pm on Mon, Aug 18, 2008.


    Rhodie: you wife has 6 weeks worth of travel coming up and that leaves you with more time here. Go with her, this blogging thing will be here when you get back. And thats all I going to comment on.

  • posted at 12:47 pm on Mon, Aug 18, 2008.


    "Everyone needs a diversion from time to time."I keep telling my wife this. She works way to hard. The biggest diversion from work she gets currently is when she works from home.She likes bing in demand though. Over the next three months she's got about 6 weeks of travelall over the West coast. Guess that leaves me more time here.

  • posted at 11:31 am on Mon, Aug 18, 2008.


    T&C you make the claim that Anheuser-Bush encourages the giant beer maker to maket their product to minors. I see advertisements for Bud Lite all the time, seems anyone that is watching TV at the time the commercial comes on is fair game. As far as minors are concerned, the person behind the counter is the biggest detourent to stop under age drinking. With the ABC always on the prowl, and the possable loss of their liquor licence, selling to a minor is not worth it. Check for a phony ID might help.

  • posted at 10:27 am on Mon, Aug 18, 2008.


    Anheuser-Busch, beer, drinking and teens only urge the giant beer company to continuing marketing to minors.

  • posted at 9:43 am on Mon, Aug 18, 2008.


    lodisafeway your right when it comes to people that do look better after a couple of drinks and especially at closing time.Dean Martin tells the story that he never went to bed with an ugly woman, but sure woke up with a few. If someone insists that they are not drunk and know what their doing, they don`t know what they are doing and are drunk, and the last man standing is not the designated driver. And Rhodie makes the statement that he can`t stand beer or coffee, I guess when you go out, you just have fun, of some kind. Anything in moderation can`t hurt since knowing when to say when will get you home in one piece.

  • posted at 6:33 am on Mon, Aug 18, 2008.


    Rhodie - you're right about the appearance of people in bars. But after a few drinks other people begin to "look" better to others and then there are the folks who believe that they themselves somehow transform into incredibly beautiful and witty people. Yet it's those who truly believe they would qualify to win American Idol after a number of shots or drinks - those are the people who are truly amazing! And as long as they're over 21, don't get behind the wheel of a car, leave other people alone and don't cause trouble, then the world should be their oysters. Everyone needs a diversion from time to time.

  • posted at 5:41 am on Mon, Aug 18, 2008.


    I would consider this a sincere effort if it were not for the commercials that say if you want a good time drink our beer. You can't tell youth, including older teens, that drinking is bad while running ads that show only young attractive people drinking beer. Never been to a bar but I'm guessing most people don't look like what Anheuser-Busch wants you to think of when you drink.On a side note of the same issue, I remember when I was in College going the the Dam, which was the local camoing hang out. There was a large group of teens there drinking beer. One was a little brother of someone in our group. He came over staggering and slurred speech. But swore he wasn't drunk because, "you can't get drunk off Barley Pop." That is how a lot of teens see beer, as a kind of pop.On a qualifying note I can't stand beer. It is the only drink that tastes worst to me than Coffee which makes me look like a cat coughing up a hairball.

  • posted at 1:22 am on Mon, Aug 18, 2008.


    But in all fairness, it's a good thing that he wrote this letter. I just hope it does some good.

  • posted at 1:16 am on Mon, Aug 18, 2008.


    Leslie Snyder proves that statistics can support or destroy whatever side of an argument that one desires. For example, "Here in California, 85 percent of 12-17 year olds do not drink, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health," is rather clever. But if one changes the numbers a little to say, "16-20 year olds," I wonder what that percentage would be? Both his age group and mine fall squarely within the area of children who are prohibited from drinking.In support of his story (and his business) I now can state with nearly absolute certainty that "Here in California, 0 percent of 3-8 year olds do not drink [alcoholic beverages], according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health." I felt the need to qualify this statistic to insure there is no confusion between booze, Similac and Kool-Aid. Now, doesn't that sound better? I wonder why he didnt use my age group.


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