In July, the Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention (MCSAP) coalition completed alcohol compliance checks in the 53206 zip code. In a project that targets substance abuse prevention in 53206, MCSAP, in coordination with the Milwaukee Police Department, completed 10 alcohol compliance checks across liquor stores in 53206. During the compliance checks, young people between the ages of 18 and 21 attempt to purchase liquor. If a store employee refuses to sell to a minor, the store passes. If the minor is able to purchase alcohol, the store fails.
In all, 6 out of 10 liquor stores in 53206 passed the alcohol compliance checks, meaning they refused to sell alcohol to minors who attempted to buy. The results were an improvement over the beginning round of alcohol compliance checks, which were completed in the summer of 2017.
Alcohol compliance checks were done in part due to a Drug-Free Communities grant that works to prevent underage alcohol in 53206. Alcohol compliance checks are conducted across the country and are widely recognized as an environmental strategy to reduce underage alcohol use. Limiting the points of access where youth can access alcohol greatly decreases the likelihood of youth being able to consume alcohol.
"Thanks to the data we collected in 2017 and 2018, we can confirm that we are seeing fewer liquor stores sell alcohol to minors in the 53206 zip code, which is a good start in terms of helping youth succeed in this neighborhood," said John Eshun, 53206 Drug-Free Communities Coordinator.
With this progress, partners in 53206 and the Amani neighborhood will continue to work with convenience stores and urge liquor stores not to sell alcohol or tobacco to minors.