Advancing Effective Solutions to Eliminate Underage Drinking

The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility leads the fight to eliminate drunk driving and underage drinking and promotes responsible decision-making regarding beverage alcohol.

The Foundation researches current trends and develops policy initiatives regarding impaired driving, underage drinkingteen driver safety, and healthy lifestyles. Over the years we have worked alongside coalition partners to support effective legislation in more than 45 states and at the federal level. Additionally, we team up with elected officials and other partners to launch our prevention programs and have held more than 3,000 community events across the nation. We also serve as a resource to traffic safety advocates and policymakers on impaired driving, teen driver safety and underage drinking issues.

We support a wide-array of countermeasures to eliminate underage drinking including:

  • Minimum Legal Drinking Age Law (MLDA) of 21 years of age, and laws that enforce MLDA, including:
    • Penalties such as mandatory fines, community service and license suspension for possession, consumption, purchase and attempts to purchase alcohol by people under the 21 minimum drinking age
    • Penalties for underage persons who use, manufacture and/or possess fraudulent identification for the purpose of procuring alcohol
    • Graduated penalties for repeat offenses
  • Social host laws that prohibit adults from providing and/or serving alcohol to people under 21.
  • For adults who provide alcohol to people under 21 years of age, we support license suspension penalties, mandatory community service, mandatory fines dedicated to underage drinking prevention, and graduated penalties for repeat offenses.
  • Teen driver safety laws, including:
    • zero tolerance for drinking alcohol and driving under the age of 21,
    • primary safety belt requirements,
    • graduated driver licensing, and
    • a ban for novice teen drivers on texting and cell phone use.
  • Laws that require parental involvement in the intervention when their child has been convicted of an underage alcohol violation.
  • Good Samaritan laws that grant limited immunity to people under 21 seeking emergency medical assistance on behalf of another person due to alcohol overconsumption.
  • Responsible retailing practices that ensure the legal sale of alcohol. Comprehensive efforts should include regular retailer training, mandatory remedial training for non-compliant employees, effectively publicized point of sale campaigns and enforcement efforts.
  • Youth assessment and brief interventions for underage drinkers at the time of an underage alcohol policy violation resulting in arrest or an alcohol-related injury.

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