Recommended Laws


Support laws, programs, and policies that contribute to a healty enviroment.

Here are recommendations based on policies working together: 1-7

Bars and Restaurants

  • Hire alcohol servers only over the age of 21.
  • Train alcohol servers to follow alcohol laws strictly.

Retail Outlets

  • Require clerks who sell or handle alcohol to be at least 21.
  • Train managers on appropriate policies to prevent underage sales.
  • Require sales clerks to check age of alcohol customers.
  • Post clear and visible warning signs about underage alcohol sales.

Public Awareness

  • Conduct a campaign to teach parents and public about the consequences to furnishing alcohol to minors.
  • Conduct a campaign about the 21 legal minimum drinking age.


  • Limit all outdoor marketing of alcohol.
  • Ban alcohol advertising that targets underage drinkers.


  • Maintain the minimum legal drinking age of 21.
  • Require keg registration and publicize the program.
  • Clarify the legal meaning of “minor in possession” and “minors attempting to purchase” to aid law enforcement officers.
  • Impose stiff penalties for retailers violating 21 minimum age and other alcohol sales laws.
  • Penalize adults for providing alcohol to underage drinkers.
  • Fine property owners for underage drinking on their property.


  • Control vendor price promotions of alcoholic beverages, such as two-for-one and all-you-can-drink specials at bars.
  • Restrict the number of retail outlets permitted to sell alcohol.
  • Restrict the days and hours when alcohol can be sold.
  • At public and recreational events where alcohol is sold, require armbands or other devices to identify underage attendees.
  • At public and recreational events where alcohol is sold, allow customers to purchase only one drink at a time.

Law Enforcement

  • Check compliance regularly at all alcohol retail outlets, including convenience and grocery stores.
  • Consistently enforce all alcohol laws and regulations.
  • Safely disperse teen drinking parties and hold involved adults responsible.
  • Penalize teens for using false or altered identification.


  • Train military personnel in alcohol awareness and laws.
  • Provide hotline so local bars can call to report intoxicated military personnel.
  • Create partnerships between local drinking establishments and military bases to penalize underage drinkers and enforce alcohol laws.

Learn about:


1. Fell, J.C., Fisher, D.A., Voas, R.B., Blackman, K., & Tippetts, A.S. (2008). The relationship of underage drinking laws to reductions in drinking drivers in fatal crashes in the United States. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 40, 1430-1440.

2. Fell, J.C., Fisher, D.A., Voas, R.B., Blackman, K., & Tippetts, A.S. (2009). The impact of underage drinking laws on alcohol-related fatal crashes of young drivers. Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research. 33, 1-12.

3. Paschall, MJ, Grube1, JW, Black, C, Flewelling, RL, Ringwalt, CL, Biglan, A “Alcohol Outlet Characteristics and Alcohol Sales to Youth: Results of Alcohol Purchase Surveys in 45 Oregon Communities” Prevention Science, Volume 8, Number 2 / June, 2007 Read more

4. Prevention Research Center (PRC) of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation “Overview and Checklist for Alcohol Policy and Practice” in Preventing Underage Alcohol Access: Essential Elements for Policy, Deterrence and Public Support Read more

5. Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center Read more

6. Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center, Monthly Resource Alert “TABC Introduces Effective Military Alcohol Awareness Program” July 2009 Read more

7. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent and Reduce Underage Drinking 2007. Read more