Welcome to Alcohol Education
Reducing and eliminating dangerous and underage use of alcohol is a crucial part of the PLCB's mission.
The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board aims to be a leader in the prevention of underage and dangerous drinking. The PLCB Bureau of Alcohol Education partners with schools, community groups, licensees and others in this mission. We deliver a message of "zero tolerance" and "no use" of alcohol by individuals under the age of 21. Among people over the age of 21 who choose to drink alcohol, we promote responsible and moderate use. Our work with licensees gives them the tools and training to minimize problems related to alcohol sales.
We accomplish our mission through several initiatives, including:
• A grants program, which has distributed more than $6 million to more than 250 schools, colleges, law enforcement departments and community organizations throughout the Commonwealth, aimed at changing how entire communities deal with underage and dangerous drinking.
• Technical assistance and training for schools and communities in establishing healthy social norms, empowering people of all ages to resist social pressure to abuse alcohol.
• Classes for law enforcement officers in how to safely break up underage drinking parties, how to find the source of alcohol that is a factor in criminal behavior, how to detect fake ID’s used by minors to purchase alcohol illegally, and how to arrest underage drinkers to increase the likelihood that they will be punished.
• Training and certification for retail servers and sellers of alcohol in responsible serving, to make their establishments assets to their communities.
• The development and distribution of free educational materials to the public, in English and Spanish, which discourage the misuse of alcohol and promote better alternatives. The topics of these materials include Underage Drinking, Driving under the Influence (DUI), Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), Responsible Alcohol Service, Alcohol and Medications, and Responsible Hosting. • Attendance and participation in local, regional, state and national events to participate in and guide discussions about prevention.
• A statewide alcohol awareness poster competition for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. The winning posters are reproduced and made available to the public free of charge.
• An annual conference with nationally recognized prevention speakers and trainers, as well as professionals from around Pennsylvania with experience in community-based prevention.
• The use of current media trends to reach populations that are vulnerable to alcohol abuse, and to raise awareness of our work.
• The production of a biennial report for the General Assembly on the state of underage drinking in Pennsylvania. The Act 85 report presents current information on levels and trends of underage consumption, existing state prevention programs, and science-based proven prevention strategies which can have an impact on future programming.