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New Canaan Fridges Serve as Warnings on Youth Drinking

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – Why is there an old yellow refrigerator outside New Canaan’s Vine Cottage? Youth services officials have an answer and some advice for keeping kids from dangerous situations.

The New Canaan Health and Human Services Commission has placed old fridges in prominent town locations to bring attention to Alcohol Awareness Month. The fridge symbolize how easy it can be for teens to get beverages that they shouldn't be drinking.

Youth and Family Services Coordinator Anthony Phillips says the campaign aims to get people talking. “Time and time again, we hear stories from kids, police and parents that kids don't often need to access alcohol by purchasing it,” Phillips said. “One of the easiest places for kids to access alcohol is right next to the milk.”

Old fridges will be placed outside Vine Cottage, at the entrance of the New Canaan Library and inside the New Canaan YMCA. Children with New Canaan CARES will decorate the old machines with information about underage alcohol use.

The campaign will ask parents to be aware of the alcohol in their homes and take steps to make sure kids can’t get it, Phillips said. They will also have an ongoing media campaign with information about underage drinking, state laws and consequences for children using alcohol. “We think we can promote some great discussion around the ‘easiest place’ to get alcohol,” Phillips said.


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