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.