Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL)
Bureau of Community-Based & Primary Prevention
Division of Community Health & Prevention
Illinois Department of Human Services

Program Description


Local law enforcement, college campuses, alcohol retailers, college-age youth, high school age youth.


To enhance and expand statewide infrastructure activities that support local communities in addressing and reducing underage drinking.


Local law enforcement operations are enhanced by providing additional manpower aimed at enforcing underage drinking laws. The enforcement operations focus on consumption/possession of alcohol by minors, sale of alcohol by minors and forged identification cards. An Advanced and a Basic Certified Alcohol Enforcement Training are delivered in various locations throughout the state to local law enforcement and interested community members. The trainings focus on using best practice strategies during alcohol enforcement operations and certify officers to be in compliance with State compliance check training law. Mini-grants are provided to college campuses to support best and promising prevention strategies designed to reduce underage drinking.

Delivery Method

Enforcement Efforts: Compliance checks conducted, bar ID checks, enforcing alcohol-related violations resulting from fraternity, sorority and tailgate parties, and deploying patrols during special high school and college events. Law enforcement trainings are conducted in a classroom style setting.

College campus mini-grants: College coalitions collect data and based off need select and implement best practice programs or strategies designed to reduce underage drinking.

Program Data

Program Expenditure (Numbers in 000's) $350,000 $350,000
Number of Grantees 4 4
Number Served 41,960 43,280

Program Accomplishments

  • The Chicago Police Department has increased the percent of liquor license holders who have not sold alcohol to a minor.
  • The Illinois State Police have increased the number of compliance checks conducted, DUI saturation patrols and party patrols.
  • The Illinois Higher Education Center increased the number of college campuses implementing best practice strategies to reduce underage drinking.
  • Prevention First, Inc. has increased the number of local law enforcement officers who are trained and certified in best practice law enforcement strategies to reduce underage drinking.