College onepager photoOJJDP Development Grants to Colleges Yield Improvement in Underage Drinking Enforcement

Nowhere in America are the effects of heavy episodic drinking more in evidence than at colleges and universities. Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL) and preserving the lives those laws are designed to protect can be challenging in college communities. Beginning in 2008, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) funded a EUDL College Discretionary Initiative to support and focus the efforts of colleges and their surrounding communities to reduce alcohol beverage availability and consumption by underage college students.

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Research suggests that stronger and consistent enforcement of a stricter alcohol policy may be associated with reductions in student heavy drinking rates over time. An aggressive enforcement stance by deans may be an important element of an effective college alcohol policy. Source: Harris, S. K., et. al. (2010) Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy, 5:18. doi:10.1186/1747-597X-5-18.