Alcohol Education Announcements

2015-16 Alcohol Awareness Poster Contest
The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Bureau of Alcohol Education is pleased to announce its 2015-16 Alcohol Awareness Poster Contest. The contest is open to all Pennsylvania students in kindergarten through 12th grade, including those who are home-schooled or in private or parochial schools. Students may enter through their schools, clubs, scout troops or personally.

The Alcohol Awareness Poster Contest is a creative and fun way for students to depict the positive alternatives to underage drinking, such as getting involved in sports, playing games or volunteering in their community, to name a few. By designing posters, students send an important message to their peers.

Approximately 50 outstanding posters will be selected by a panel of judges. The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board will contact the winning artists in early 2016 and recognize them at a ceremony in Harrisburg during Alcohol Awareness Month.

Entries must be postmarked no later than Friday, Nov. 20, 2015. For additional information about submission dates, guidelines and prizes please download the Poster Contest Student & Coordinator Guidelines below.

If you have any questions or wish to have your email added to our poster contest electronic announcement notification list, please contact our office at 717.772.1432 or

Poster Contest Student & Coordinator Guidelines
Letter From the Chairman

MADD’s Power of Parents Training Available
The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB), in conjunction with the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association (NABCA), is working to reach parents through the Power of Parents program developed by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

MADD’s Power of Parents is a 30-minute program designed to encourage parents to talk to their children about alcohol. The program is based on research by Dr. Robert Turrisi from The Pennsylvania State University. While parents may not realize it, they are the biggest influence in their children’s lives and contribute more than any other factor to the decision to avoid underage and dangerous drinking. Some parents mistakenly believe that their children already know their feelings regarding alcohol consumption. The Power of Parents program addresses such issues while providing background information and statistics which demonstrate the scope of underage drinking and the associated risks and consequences.

Pennsylvania was selected by NABCA as one of only four states to pilot this program. Two train-the-trainer sessions were recently held in the commonwealth to teach representatives from organizations and agencies throughout the state how to train others to facilitate the program.
Because of the program's brevity, it is ideal for reaching busy parents in any number of settings, from PTA meetings to workplace “lunch and learns.” If you are interested in holding a Power of Parents program or for information regarding future training opportunities, please contact the PLCB’s Bureau of Alcohol Education by phone at 1-800-453-7522 or by email at

Act 85
The PLCB's Bureau of Alcohol Education is pleased to announce the 2015 release of the Act 85 of 2006, the fifth biennial report to the Pennsylvania General Assembly on High-Risk and Underage Drinking Among Pennsylvania's Youth.

Additional Resources
Click here to view the "Registered Malt or Brewed Beverage Brands" list referred to during law enforcement trainings.