Wednesday, February 18, 2009
(SANTA FE)---Attorney General Gary King today unveiled a statewide video contest for teens aimed at discouraging underage drinking in New Mexico.
"Young people may be more inclined to listen to their peers about the perils of drinking alcohol before the law says they can," says Attorney General King. "My office not only supports the anti-drinking video contest with funding, but we are also proposing legislation to help protect New Mexico youth by strengthening our liquor laws."
The AG's Office, New Mexico Voices for Children and Web site, The ūPublic collaborated on the first By Youth For Youth video contest on underage drinking prevention.
Meanwhile, the Attorney General continued to advocate for underage drinking legislation in the 2009 legislative session that would:
- Adjust the tax on flavored malt beverages, known as "alcopops."
- Give every NM county the option for taxing alcohol at a higher rate rate to generate revenue for substance abuse programs.
- Ban alcohol with caffeine and other stimulants, a.k.a., alcohol "energy" drinks.
- Prohibit alcohol consumption by minors.
- Regulate alcohol advertising to young people.