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Enforcement of Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL)

The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) receives grants funds from the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) to support and enhance efforts by state and local jurisdictions to prohibit the sale of alcoholic beverages to minors and the purchase and consumption of alcoholic beverages by minors (minors are defined as individuals under 21 years of age).

PCCD distributes these grant funds to the agencies within Pennsylvania who have primary responsibility for combating the problem of underage drinking. The Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement and the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) are the primary recipients of these funds. The EUDL Initiative in Pennsylvania supports the following objectives:

  • To continue supporting campus/community coalition efforts to reduced underage drinking. Primary to this objective is the use of the Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS). BASICS is designed as a one to three meeting activity with a student to review and discuss the drinking pattern and usage rate of the student.
  • Provide training opportunities for Law Enforcement agencies related to Party Prevention and Controlled Party Dispersal, Source Investigation, and False ID Recognition.
  • Provide funding opportunities for law enforcement agencies to complete Source Investigation activities. This law enforcement project is designed to get to the heart of the matter surrounding "who" is providing the alcohol to Pennsylvania minors.
  • Support the PLCB annual Collegiate Conference. The Conference provides educational opportunities for students and collegiate professionals.
  • Continue to operate the toll-free hotline: 1-888-UNDER21. This hotline was established in Pennsylvania on October 23, 1998 to provide callers with the opportunity to provide tips about planned events, parties in progress, licensed establishments and individuals who are selling or providing alcohol to minors.
  • Provide resources to the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape to faciliate campus awareness activties for students to show harmful consequences surrounding excessive alcohol consumption.
  • Support the DUI Associations’ Statewide Conference on Underage Drinking.

Related links:

Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Center for Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws