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Use of alcohol by individuals under the age of 21 is a significant health concern in the United States. Illicit use of alcohol by young people represents the most common form of substance abuse in children and teenagers, and it is an enormous safety and health risk for these individuals.


Alcohol & COVID-19

With the social distancing restrictions, U.S. alcohol sales increased 55% in late March.

Teenagers in Nature

Youth Use

It is estimated nearly one-third of teens have had one alcoholic drink by the age of 15.

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Compliance Checks

Compliance checks are designed to address the retailers who are licensed to sell alcohol and to ensure that they are not providing alcohol to minors under-21.

Modern Neighborhood

Outlet Density

Higher density of alcohol outlets in a community is correlated with increased crime, violence and alcohol use by youth and adults.

Making a Drink

Server Training

The goal of Responsible Beverage Server (RBS) Training is to decrease the number of illegal alcohol sales to underage youth and intoxicated patrons through education programs.

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While many factors may influence an underage person's drinking decisions, including among other things parents, peers and the media, there is reason to believe that advertising also plays a role.


Social Host

A Social Host Ordinance holds adults (social hosts) responsible for underage drinking events on property they own, lease or otherwise control.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Drinking in America: Myths, Realities, and Prevention Policyexternal icon. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, 2005.
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