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Report to Congress on the Prevention and Reduction of Underage Drinking

In 2006, Congress enacted the Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking Act (STOP Act), Public Law 109-422. Among other provisions, the STOP Act calls for the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking (ICCPUD), to submit an annual Report to Congress on the consequences of underage drinking and Federal and State policies to prevent and reduce it. Eight reports have been submitted to Congress to date, most recently the 2016 Report to Congress on the Prevention and Reduction of Underage Drinking. The 2016 Report includes:

  • An overview of underage drinking prevention.
  • A summary of the research on underage drinking prevalence and problems, and descriptions of Federal programs addressing the issue.
  • An evaluation of “Talk. They Hear You,” the Underage Drinking Prevention National Media Campaign of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP).
  • Analysis of 26 state underage drinking prevention policies.
  • A summary of responses from a survey of all 50 states and the District of Columbia (D.C.) regarding their prevention programs, efforts to enforce underage drinking laws, interagency collaborations, and state expenditures on underage drinking prevention.
  • Reports for each of the 50 states and D.C. describing the status of the state’s 26 underage drinking prevention policies and providing the state’s responses to the survey described above.

The underage drinking prevention policy section of the Report includes a description of each policy, its key variables, status across all jurisdictions, and summary of trends over time (where data is available). Maps and charts are included. The policies included in the Report are listed below. Many of the policies in the Report also appear on the APIS website.

Laws Addressing Minors in Possession of Alcohol

  • Underage Possession, Consumption, and Internal Possession of Alcohol (3 policies)*
  • Underage Purchase and Attempted Purchase of Alcohol*
  • False Identification for Obtaining Alcohol*

Laws Targeting Underage Drinking and Driving

  • Youth Blood Alcohol Concentration Limits (Underage Operators of Noncommercial Motor Vehicles)*
  • Loss of Driving Privileges for Alcohol Violations by Minors (“Use/Lose” Laws)*
  • Graduated Driver Licenses

Laws Targeting Alcohol Suppliers

  • Furnishing of Alcohol to Minors*
  • Compliance Check Protocols
  • Penalty Guidelines for Sales/Service to Minors
  • Responsible Beverage Service*
  • Minimum Ages for On-Premises Servers and Bartenders*
  • Minimum Ages for Off-Premises Sellers*
  • Distance Limitations for New Alcohol Outlets near Universities and Schools
  • Dram Shop Liability
  • Social Host Liability
  • Prohibitions Against Hosting Underage Drinking Parties*
  • Retailer Interstate Shipments of Alcohol
  • Direct Sales/Shipments of Alcohol by Producers
  • Keg Registration*
  • Home Delivery
  • Prohibitions/Restrictions on the Retail Availability of High-Proof Grain Alcoholic Beverages

Alcohol Pricing Policies

  • Alcohol Taxes*
  • Drink Specials*
  • Wholesale Pricing*

* Policy appears both in the Report to Congress and on the APIS website.

Each State Report and policy summary is easily retrievable using drop down menus on the website.
View the Report to Congress here: https://www.stopalcoholabuse.gov/resources/reporttocongress/rtc2016.aspx

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