Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $360,000)
The goal of the Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL) Program is to support and enhance State efforts, in cooperation with local jurisdictions, to enforce laws prohibiting the sale of alcoholic beverages, or the consumption of alcoholic beverages by minors. For the purpose of the program, minors are defined as individuals under 21 years of age.
The overall goal of the 2009 EUDL program is to decrease the number of compliance failures by coordinating a high visibility enforcement campaign directed at ensuring that businesses are complying with Arizona's liquor laws. Currently, many law enforcement agencies lack the resources to coordinate effective youth alcohol enforcement programs. Additionally, over two-thirds of Arizona's youth feel they can obtain alcohol with great ease. Parents, when educated about the risks and consequences of providing alcohol to youth, can be a major factor in reducing youth access to alcohol. Expanding state-wide underage drinking prevention campaigns will be a key component to the program. Specifically, the State of Arizona plans to provide program funding to support underage drinking efforts throughout the State by implementing several activities including: High Visibility Enforcement; providing training, expanding state-wide and local media campaigns, supporting innovative prevention programs, and increasing underage drinking prevention awareness and programs among Arizona's Latino and Native American communities.NCA/NCF