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Enforcement

Enforcement of underage drinking prevention laws is an effective tool in reducing and preventing youth alcohol use. The Resources and Web Sites below provide information on underage drinking enforcement programs for your community.

Resources

PDF IconJuvenile Justice Bulletin: Substance Use and Delinquent Behavior Among Serious Adolescent Offenders
This bulletin describes what is known about the relationships among adolescent substance use, criminal activity, and treatment, based on current research and data from Pathways to Desistance, an Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention–funded longitudinal study of adolescent offenders. (Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice; December 2010)
PDF IconProblem-Oriented Guides for Police, Problem-Specific Guides Series No. 27: Underage Drinking
This Problem-Specific Guide summarizes knowledge about how police can reduce the harm caused by underage drinking. It is intended as a guide to promoting prevention and to improving the overall response to incidents, not to investigating offenses or handling specific incidents. (Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, U.S. Department of Justice; August 2010)
PDF IconOJJDP in Focus: Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Program
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention manages the Enforcement of Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL) program, which supports and enhances efforts by States and local jurisdictions to reduce the availability of alcohol to minors. The program encourages close partnerships between law enforcement agencies and community groups involved in preventing and intervening in underage drinking. This publication describes the EUDL program objectives and provides case examples of local grantee efforts. (Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice; October 2009)
Sentencing and Dispositions of Youth DUI and Other Alcohol Offenses: A Guide for Judges and Prosecutors
This guide is intended to help judges and prosecutors to more effectively sanction juveniles and youths for alcohol-related offenses, work more cooperatively with administrative agencies and community organizations, and define a role for themselves outside the courtroom in preventing underage drinking and other alcohol-related offenses. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism; November 2008)
PDF IconResearch Findings on Underage Drinking and the Minimum Legal Drinking Age
Although some have suggested that lowering the drinking age would lead to more responsible alcohol consumption among young people, the preponderance of research indicates that the legal drinking age of 21 has had positive effects on health and safety (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; August 2008)

Web Sites

Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center
The vision of the Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center is to create healthier and safer environments in which States, local communities, and Federal entities engage in environmental prevention and enforcement practices that proactively and effectively limit youth access to alcohol and significantly reduce harmful consequences associated with alcohol use by underage youth. (Office of Juvenile Justice for Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice)
Impaired Driving Safety Program
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration works to discourage impaired driving by using a three-pronged strategy: high-visibility law enforcement with supporting communication campaigns; enhanced prosecution and adjudication; and medical screening and brief intervention for alcohol abuse problems. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation)
Alcohol Policy Information System (APIS) Web site
The APIS Web site provides detailed information on 35 alcohol-related policies at the State and Federal levels. Detailed information by State is available for each policy. Click on Highlight on Underage Drinking for an overview of underage drinking in the United States; alcohol policies affecting drinking by those under age 21, including enforcement policies affecting businesses; and prevention resources available through APIS. (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

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