Underage Drinking

Underage drinking has numerous negative effects and consequences associated with it. Consuming alcohol underage not only damages the brain from fully developing, but it is also against the law and is the main contributing factor in vehicle collisions for persons between the ages of 16-20. 

To deter underage drinking, the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has implemented two programs to combat this from occurring. The Minor Decoy and Shoulder-Tap program have steadily decreased the accessibility of minors to obtain alcohol from both licensed premises and the general public.

As depicted in the statistics below from 2013 to 2018, the number of arrests and violation rates have continuously dropped each year due to these programs;

Arrest Statistics & Violation Rate

Minor Decoy 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19
Premises Visited 7,747 7,334 5,672 6,124 5,443 6,250
Arrests 1,234 1,112 1,017 758 739 768
Violation Rate 16% 15% 18% 12% 14% 12%
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Shoulder Tap 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19
Arrest 1,235 1,118 1,010 846 737 1,045
Violation Rate 13% 9% 7% 8% 9% 12%
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*  Results from OTS funded Shoulder Tap Operations

Grant Resources

The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, sponsored by the Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety, has awarded grants for the 2023/24 fiscal year to local law enforcement agencies to utilize the Minor Decoy Program, Shoulder Tap Program, IMPACT Program, and Holiday Enforcement. These grants have enabled the selected agencies to expand their present efforts in addressing alcohol-related harm through a comprehensive ABC program that will encompass a wide range of strategies. The current grant cycle concludes at the end of September 2024 and a new grant cycle will begin in October 2024.

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Additional information may be obtained by contacting:

Alcoholic Beverage Control
3927 Lennane Drive, Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95834

Email us at headquarters@abc.ca.gov
Call (916) 419-2500