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Diageo Supports Legislation Aimed At Combating Underage Drinking in Delaware

Thursday, June 12, 2008 General News J E 4
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DOVER, Del., June 11 Diageo, the world's leading spirits,wine and beer company is proud to support House Bill 398, Speaker TerrySpence's legislation that aims to combat underage drinking in Delaware byimmediately suspending driving privileges for any person under 21 who attemptsto purchase or possesses alcohol. The bill also ensures penalties will nolonger be debatable in a court and requires all underage people who apply fora Delaware driver license to sign a pledge acknowledging the penalties ifcaught drinking.

"We applaud Speaker Spence in his effort to further deter underagedrinking in Delaware and hope this bill will encourage those under 21 to makeresponsible decisions with it comes to alcohol," said Dwayne Kratt, SeniorDirector, State Government Relations, Diageo North America. "We want ourproducts to be enjoyed responsibly solely by people 21 and older and we arecommitted to combating underage drinking," Kratt said.

While increasing penalties for those under 21 who obtain alcohol is oneway to combat underage drinking, holding adults accountable may be even morecritical in the fight against youth drinking. According to experts, adults arethe biggest source of alcohol for underage drinkers. The Century Council, anot-for-profit educational organization dedicated to fighting drunk drivingand underage drinking, found that 65% of underage drinkers get their alcoholfrom family and adult friends.

In its commitment to finding meaningful solutions to combating underagedrinking, Diageo has supported legislation in several states that suspends thedriver's license of adults who knowingly furnish alcohol to anyone youngerthan age 21. To date, these bills have been introduced in more than 20 statesand approved in eight.

About Diageo

Diageo (Dee-AH-Gee-O) is the world's leading premium drinks business withan outstanding collection of beverage alcohol brands across spirits, wines andbeer categories. These brands include Johnnie Walker, Guinness, Smirnoff, J&B,Baileys, Cuervo, Tanqueray, Captain Morgan, Crown Royal, Beaulieu Vineyard andSterling Vineyards wines.

Diageo is a global company, trading in more than 180 countries around theworld. The company is listed on both the New York Stock Exchange (DEO) and theLondon Stock Exchange (DGE). For more information about Diageo, its people,brands, and performance, visit us at http://www.diageo.com .

Celebrating life, every day, everywhere, responsibly.

SOURCE Diageo
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