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PLCB sponsors alcohol awareness poster contest


In an effort to encourage young people to spread the word about the dangers of underage drinking, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is inviting students from across the commonwealth to participate in its 23rd annual Alcohol Awareness Poster Contest.

“According to the most recent Pennsylvania Youth Survey, almost half of students in sixth, eighth, 10th and 12th grades have used alcohol at least once in their lives,” said PLCB Chairman Joseph E. Brion. “Based on those survey results, it seems clear that parents and educators need to start talking to young people at an early age about underage drinking and its negative impact. This poster contest can get those young people thinking about the choices they’ll have to make and give parents an opening to discuss what can be a difficult conversation.”

A panel of judges will select approximately 50 entries to be recognized at a ceremony in Harrisburg during Alcohol Awareness Month in April. The artists responsible for the top designs will receive a $100 prize and their artwork will be reproduced into posters, coloring pages and/or bookmarks. Grade-level winners will receive a $50 prize.

“Students are allowed to use crayons, markers, paints, pencils or computer-generated graphics to create their unique artwork,” said Board Member Tim Holden. “The only thing we ask is that the message be a positive, no-use message because we’ll share the winning designs with other young people.”

“We want young people to know that it’s not cool, it’s not OK and it’s not a rite of passage for students to drink alcohol before they’re 21,” said Robert S. Marcus, PLCB member.

Entries must be received by Friday, Nov. 21. Winners will be announced in early 2015. For contest guidelines, visit and click on Alcohol Education. Questions about the contest can be directed to the Bureau of Alcohol Education at 717-772.1432 or


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