DHS Contract Mgr Kimberly Fornero
Annual Grant $ $350,000
Evaluator Name & Contact Info National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse and the Pacific institute for Research and Evaluation
Annual Eval $ N/A - Financed by federal funder
Funding Source Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs
Eval Period SFY2005-SFY2008

The Enforcement of Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL) - Rural Initiative program supported three rural communities in Illinois: Amboy, Carroll County (Mt. Carroll, Savanna and Thomson) and Dewitt County. The purpose of the grant was to reduce the availability and consumption of alcoholic beverages by minors in rural communities.

The EUDL site of Amboy has increased the number of police officers to focus on underage drinking enforcement operations. Bar-sweep enforcement operations conducted in Mt. Carroll, Savanna, and Thomson have reduced the number of under age youth attempting to purchase alcohol and frequenting bars. The EUDL site of Dewitt County, in partnership with local law enforcement, implemented two rounds of Compliance Checks in all on and off premise liquor license establishments and achieved a 90 percent compliance rate.

The evaluation of the Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Rural Communities Initiative is the joint responsibility of the National Institute of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA) and the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE). In a nationwide cross-site evaluation, NIAAA and PIRE examined the impact of EUDL activities on underage drinking and alcohol-related problems (e.g., drinking and driving, motor vehicle crashes) in rural communities receiving Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) funds relative to comparison communities.

These sites and three comparison communities were part of the evaluation. The comparison communities were selected based upon their demographics, economic conditions, and geographic distribution.

Both sets of communities were examined for incidence of the following alcohol-related problems: unintentional alcohol-related injuries; alcohol poisonings; and alcohol-related traffic crashes, injuries, and fatalities. The EUDL Project Coordinator provided PIRE with outcome, performance and process data. A final report of results of the cross-site evaluation NIAAA and PIRE is anticipated in late 2009.