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Evidence-Based Resource Summary

Strength of Evidence: 
4 out of 4
4 out of 4
Year Published: 
2006

Alcohol – Excessive Consumption: Enhanced Enforcement of Laws Prohibiting Sales to Minors

Description of Resource: 
The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends enhanced enforcement of laws prohibiting the sale of alcohol to minors to limit underage alcohol purchases. Enhanced enforcement programs initiate or increase the frequency of retailer compliance checks for laws against the sale of alcohol to minors in a community. Retailer compliance checks, or “sting operations,” are conducted by, or coordinated with local law enforcement or alcohol beverage control (ABC) agencies, and violators receive legal or administrative sanctions. Enhanced enforcement programs are often conducted as part of multicomponent, community-based efforts to reduce underage drinking. Many also include strategies to increase perceived risk of detection by publicizing the increased enforcement activities and cautioning proprietors against selling alcohol to minors. These messages can be delivered using either mass media or by sending letters to all local alcohol retailers.

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Developed By: 
Community Preventive Services Task Force
Developer Type: 
Non-Federal Government
Healthy People 2020 Topic Area(s): 
Substance Abuse
Healthy People 2020 Objectives: 
Resource Type: 
Citation: 
Community Preventive Services Task Force. Alcohol – Excessive Consumption: Enhanced Enforcement of Laws Prohibiting Sales to Minors [Internet]. 2016 Apr [cited 2016 Dec 30]. Available from: https://www.thecommunityguide.org/findings/alcohol-excessive-consumption-enhanced-enforcement-laws-prohibiting-sales-minors