Somerville Police and city substance abuse prevention workers will perform alcohol compliance checks starting next month, the city said.
Part of a series of annual programs geared at enforcing consequences for alcohol and drug use among minors, the compliance checks will run through February 2012, and will include all licensed alcohol-selling outlets.
Somerville Cares About Prevention, the city group against drug and alcohol abuse among youth, will help the Somerville Police Department in the checks.
“We know that alcohol is the number one drug-related issue among youth, killing more young people than all other illicit drugs combined,” said Cory Mashburn, SCAP director. “Research also shows that the earlier youth begin drinking, the more likely they are to suffer injuries, binge drink, and drive drunk."
Estimates indicate that underage drinking accounts for roughly $560 million in alcohol sales annually, about 15 percent of all liquor sold.