CONCORD — The New Hampshire Liquor Commission is recognizing Alcohol Awareness Month with its annual Alcohol Awareness Poster Contest, alcohol safety awareness events and training sessions with New Hampshire Liquor & Wine Outlets employees, restaurant owners and managers.
“The New Hampshire Liquor Commission takes the responsible consumption of alcohol very seriously,” NHLC Chairman Joseph W. Mollica said. “Our Division of Enforcement is committed to the public safety of all New Hampshire citizens. Alcohol Awareness Month is the perfect time to emphasize the work we perform year-round. This includes organizing events that heighten awareness regarding the dangers and risks of underage drinking and providing training to ensure that our Liquor & Wine Outlet employees, Granite State restaurant and bar owners, managers and servers have the tools they need to make sure customers remain safe.”
The poster contest is open to every student and school in the state, NHLC’s Alcohol Awareness Poster Contest in April is designed to empower students to tackle the topic of alcohol awareness through art. In past years, students have produced creative sketches often centered on the dangers of underage drinking. In 2013, 591 posters entered from 26 schools.
“This is about having conversations and talking to our youth about the hazards of underage alcohol consumption,” said James Wilson, director of the NHLC Division of Enforcement. “It gets them thinking creatively around the issue of alcohol, and hopefully it creates a conversation in the classroom and at home.”
Students from all grade levels can submit posters until May 2. Posters may be submitted to the NH Liquor Commission, Division of Enforcement & Licensing, 57 Regional Drive, Suite 8, Concord, 03301, Attn: Greg Gagnon. Judges will pick winners for each grade level, then select overall winners. Winners’ artwork will be turned into an official alcohol awareness poster to be sent back to winners’ schools.
Along with a series of prizes, winners will be honored at a New Hampshire Fisher Cats game later this year. Winning posters are on display at the enforcement offices and will soon be displayed at New Hampshire Liquor & Wine Outlets.