No one wants to be a jerk. But there are times when a problem calls for it, and that's definitely true of underage drinking. We need people to stand up and say, "If it takes a jerk to help keep kids away from alcohol, then I'm proud to be a jerk."
Here are a few things jerks do:
And here are a few things jerks don't do:
And by the way, by "kids" we mean anyone under 21. It's the kind of distinction a jerk would make - and it's an important one.
Because kids and alcohol just don't mix. Why not? Drinking alcohol while brains are still developing can lead to permanent damage . Plus, underage drinking costs Hawai‘i taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars and kills more kids than all other drugs (including tobacco) COMBINED!
The vast majority of Hawai‘i teenagers say that alcohol is easy for them to get. Which means we need to do more than just say no. We need to change the way we as a society think about underage drinking.
There are thousands of us. We're parents, we're aunties and uncles, older brothers and sisters, and friends. We're also shopkeepers, restaurant owners and bartenders. All tackling the problem of underage drinking on a personal level, on a neighborhood level and on a community level. And we're getting things done.
Help us make our community safer and better.