BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — McKinley and Belaire High School students are standing up against underage drinking, and they are using Hi Nabor Supermarket to get the message across.

“Alcohol isn’t good for students, it leads to depression, suicide, unhealthy drinking,” said Chase Woods, a junior at McKinley Senior High.

Students used what they call, Project Sticker Shock, an alcohol prevention program for warning stickers on the alcohol aisles with beer, wine, and other liquors. Students say many falls victim to peer pressure, but the reality is…

“There’s not much to it. Once you actually learn the feeling of it, you’re going to realize I should have waited… I shouldn’t have done this,” said Chelise Kemp, a Belaire High senior.

Kemp says one drink can change the trajectory of your youth.

“So, while you’re drinking irresponsibly, you could maybe drive and kill someone,” said Kemp.

A reality worth avoiding; Capital Area Human Services hosts an annual prevention outreach initiative for teens during the holidays. The campaign speaks directly to individuals over 21 years of age who purchase alcohol for minors.

Capital Region Planning Commission provided ‘drunk goggles’ to simulate impairments, due to alcohol consumption. Partners like the East Baton Rouge Alcohol Beverage Commission Board, Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, ICARE, Mirror of Grace, and the Department of Public Safety were there as well.

Students are confident this will make a difference and want all youth under the age of 21 to remember to say no to alcohol.

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