Laws and cultural traditions surrounding alcohol differ throughout the world. In an effort to familiarize those who come to Virginia from other countries with the commonwealth’s alcohol laws, the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC)–in partnership with Substance Abuse Free Environment, Inc. (SAFE) Latino Coalition–will meet with students in the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes at 9:30 a.m. at Beulah Methodist Church, 6930 Hopkins Road, and at 6 p.m. at Meadowbrook High School, 4901 Cogbill Road, both in Richmond on Monday, April 11.
The outreach effort to help educate ESOL students about Virginia’s alcohol laws will feature presentations by Virginia ABC Special Agent Allen Slonaker and an officer from Chesterfield County Police Department. A Spanish interpreter will provide assistance.
Some of the topics planned for discussion include underage drinking, drunk-in-public violations, selling alcohol without a license and drinking and driving. In addition, educational brochures and other materials will be distributed at the presentation.
“This is an important step toward bridging cultural gaps and fostering better understanding of laws and cultural differences about alcohol,” said Virginia ABC Education and Prevention Manager Katie Weaks.
Virginia ABC awarded an Alcohol Education and Prevention Grant of $8,000 to SAFE to support prevention efforts including the ESOL outreach program.
The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is a major source of revenue for the commonwealth, contributing more than $1.8 billion to the general fund in the last five years. The agency currently operates 358 state stores. Its Bureau of Law Enforcement oversees more than 16,000 ABC licensed establishments while the Hearings and Appeals Division considers more than 700 cases each year. The agency also provides alcohol education and prevention programs for people of all ages. Now marking its 82nd year, ABC remains committed to progress and innovation in carrying out its control, service and revenue mission.
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