Local students spread ‘sticker shock’ campaign ahead of next week’s big game

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JOHNSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — The Super Bowl is next weekend and with the big game comes some big parties.

But a group of local students hopes you’ll celebrate responsibly, and are using stickers to remind everyone statewide.

The stickers are bright, bold and they’re meant to get people thinking.

The students from Scituate High School spent Saturday putting stickers on liquor in an attempt to inspire good decision making.

“If they can’t buy it don’t supply it,” 11thgrader Isabella Viner said.

“Make sure you don’t drink if you’re under 21,” 11th grader Brenden Machowski added.

The “sticker shock” campaign is put on annually by Scituate High School’s SADD club (Students Against Destructive Decisions).

“Our main thing is just to prevent like destructive decisions that people could make one of them being drinking underage,” Machowski said.

The students said supplying alcohol to someone younger than 21 years old is one destructive decision that can quickly lead to others.

“A lot of like underage drinkers like to drive under the influence, so a lot of destructive things happen from that so we’re just trying to stop that,” Viner said.

For the third year in a row, students were at Johnston Fine Wine Beer & Spirits putting stickers on packages of alcohol that may appeal to underage drinkers.

The idea is to get adults thinking about the dangers of underage drinking and the penalties that can come with it.

“At first some customers are like, oh I didn’t know there’d be jail time for it to buy for underage, and some people are surprised there’s a fine, $1,000 or could be in jail,” said co-owner Gabriel Daiaa.

The students hope that a simple sticker can motivate adults not to supply to minors, and if someone underage sees the sticker on the packaging, maybe they’ll think twice about grabbing the drink.

“I just hope that this really makes a difference and that people read the sticker and use it,” Viner said.

In total, the students put out 3,000 stickers on items at Johnston Fine Wine Beer & Spirits and at another liquor store in Scituate.

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