Danielle Wormell, restaurant manager at Pat’s Pizza in Machias, applies stickers warning of the risks of supplying underage youth with alcohol to pizza takeout boxes. Photo courtesy of Katie Sell.

MACHIAS – Pat’s Pizza in Machias wants to help stop underage drinking. If you’ve recently stopped into Pat’s Pizza for lunch or dinner, you may have noticed a sticker on your pizza box emblazoned with, “Parents Who Host, Lose the Most,” and wondered what it was all about. For the second year in a row, the restaurant is partnering with Healthy Acadia to help curb underage drinking in our communities.

According to the most recent Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey (2019), nearly 1 in 4 high school students in Washington County reported consuming alcohol within the preceding 30 days. Pat’s Pizza has agreed to partner with Healthy Acadia with the “Parents Who Host, Lose the Most” campaign by including stickers on their pizza boxes to support family and community health and discourage underage drinking.

The “Parents Who Host, Lose the Most” campaign is a public awareness project launched by the Prevention Action Alliance designed to remind parents not to host teenage drinking parties. The campaign educates parents about the risks of furnishing alcohol to youth and increases awareness of underage drinking laws. As part of the project, Healthy Acadia is distributing “Parents Who Host” materials, including the stickers, to community partners in an effort to reduce underage drinking rates in Washington and Hancock counties. 

If your business or organization would like to join the effort to stop underage drinking and keep our communities safer, please contact Katie Sell at Katie.Sell@HealthyAcadia.org in Washington County, or Mia Petrina at Mia@HealthyAcadia.org in Hancock County.

Visit www.HealthyAcadia.org for more information about their substance misuse prevention programs, including school-based programming and other outreach efforts.

Healthy Acadia is a 501(C)(3) community health organization building vibrant communities and making it easier for all people to lead healthy lives throughout Washington and Hancock counties. For more information about Healthy Acadia’s health and wellness programs and services, visit healthyacadia.org.