Alcohol compliance checks are a type of environmental prevention that deters alcohol outlets from selling alcohol to underage youth. Law enforcement officials supervise undercover youth who attempt to purchase alcohol; if the attempt is successful, the establishment is penalized. Compliance checks are thought to be most effective when they are frequent, well publicized, and well designed; solicit community support; and impose penalties on the licensed establishment rather than just the server.
Frequent use of compliance checks decreases alcohol sales to minors significantly, are associated with reduced alcohol-related accidents, and impose penalties on the licensed establishment rather than just the server. By decreasing alcohol availability, compliance checks are believed to also reduce alcohol-related problems and crime among youth. Nationally, an estimated 8.6 percent of past-month drinkers purchased their own alcohol the last time they drank. Variations by State ranged from 3.1 percent to 18.8 percent.
Engage the Media
Raise awareness about your compliance check–related activities and to get input from the community.
Compliment and encourage retailers to check ID for those who appear under 30.
Give local communities the opportunity to come together to learn more about underage drinking and its impact on both individuals and the community.