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 purpose of this project is to reduce the percentage of youth in Maine who report current and lifetime use of alcohol, as well as recent binge drinking. This effort will focus primarily on increasing the effectiveness of Maine's approach to underage drinking enforcement and also focus on creating necessary changes in the social, legal and economic environment to support the goals of this grant. The population to be served is youth up to age 24 throughout the state of Maine, to include college students. The activities to be performed with this grant are statewide compliance checks, mini-grants to law enforcement, the Card ME Program, work with the court system, and partially fund the statewide Higher Education Alcohol Prevention Partnership (HEAPP), which is a program under the Maine Association of Substance Abuse Programs. For each of the projects being implemented with EUDL funds, a system has been set up to measure the progress. These measures range from monitoring numbers of compliance checks, violation data from law enforcement, evaluation of the Card ME Program, progress made towards a diversion program for courts, and work done at the college level through evaluation and the online college student survey.