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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Environmental strategies are used as an effective means to change the conditions in the environment to reduce access to alcohol and consumption of alcoholic beverages by those younger than age 21. This is accomplished through a strategic use of policy development and enforcement and is supported by awareness building to advance a community's policy and enforcement goals.