Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $356,400)
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.
California has a population of over 36 million people, of which, 25.5% are under the age 21. The purpose of this grant is to reduce youth access to alcoholic beverages and to promote awareness of the consequences of binge drinking associated with underage college students. There are approximately 75 Universities (UC), State Colleges (CSU) and private colleges located throughout the State. Dr. Robert Saltz, Senior Research Scientist with the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) has done research at 14 of the UC and CSU campuses pertaining to underage drinking. The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control intends to utilize Dr. Saltz as a consultant to obtain data in order to strategically organize enforcement operations both on and off college campuses. In addition, Dr. Saltz will extend his current surveys into the private college sector, which has not been done before, in order to determine underage alcoholic beverage abuse among this target group. An array of enforcement strategies will be utilized during this grant at locations and events where underage drinking is suspected, consisting of underage general enforcement, Minor Decoy and Shoulder Tap Operations.