- Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission
Boston - On Saturday, September 30, 2018 at approximately 5:30 pm, Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) Investigators found 10 minors in possession of alcohol at Savvor, located at 180 Lincoln Street in Boston. Investigators found the bar to be at capacity when they arrived, and it emptied out onto Lincoln Street as they began to request identification. Boston police were called to manage the crowd. The bar will be summoned for a hearing before the Commission; if found to have violated the law, the bar’s liquor license could be subject to suspension, modification or revocation.
The enforcement was part of the ABCC’s efforts to prevent underage drinking. Statistics show that three teens die from drinking and driving every day, and approximately six teens die every day of non-driving alcohol-related causes, such as homicide, suicide, and drowning. Alcohol intoxication has also been reported to be involved in 47% of homicides and 23% of suicides involving people under 21. In Massachusetts alone, the overall cost of alcohol abuse by youth is estimated at $1.4 billion.
“Bars and restaurants have an obligation to responsibly serve to people who are the legal drinking age,” said State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg. “We will continue our monitoring and enforcement actions because we know that efforts like this save lives and prevent tragedies before they happen.”
In 2017 the Enforcement Division conducted operations in over 200 municipalities throughout the commonwealth, filing 171 reports detailing approximately 267 violations of the Liquor Control Act that included the sale of alcohol to underage or intoxicated individuals, illegal gambling, illegal alcoholic beverages, illegal narcotics activity, criminal ownership of licensed premises, and unlawful trade practices. In addition, seasonal programs produced the following results: 826 minors in possession or transporting alcoholic beverages; 115 adults procuring alcohol for minors; 226 individuals in possession of false identification; and 336 cases of beer and 441 bottles of alcohol were confiscated by Investigators, preventing delivery to approximately 5754 underage individuals.