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.
The State of South Carolina will utilize Enforcing the Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL) Block grant funding to supplement and maintain sixteen Alcohol Enforcement Teams (AETs) throughout the State. The Alcohol Enforcement Team model, which includes community coalition maintenance and development, merchant education, and law enforcement partnership, specifies a multi- or single jurisdictional alcohol law enforcement approach (depending on the needs and participation of law enforcement within the target area) in a community. EUDL funds will be added to State dollars, yet to be determined, to support the AETs operations. In its efforts to enforce underage drinking laws, South Carolina is committed to the following program goals:
To strengthen local efforts to enforce underage drinking laws and raise awareness of the dangers of underage drinking.
To prevent and reduce, through enhanced law enforcement efforts, youth access to alcohol and the availability of alcohol to underage youth.
To build capacity among local law enforcement, alcohol merchants and other key stakeholders to prevent and reduce underage drinking.