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Alcohol Under 21... Your Party's Over

The following campus law enforcement agencies are joining together to make you aware of the consequences for underage drinking. If you are of legal drinking age, it may be tempting to provide alcohol to an underage student. Don’t do it!  You can be held liable for drinking-related injuries, jeopardizing your academic career and future employment.

Peninsula- Southside Higher Education Coalition

Virginia Commonwealth University Police Department, the agency that launched the Richmond area BuzzKill campus campaign in 2015, is also participating in this year’s campaign.

This campaign was funded through a DMV Highway Safety Grant.

Underage Drinking and Impaired Driving Are Illegal in VA

The Code of Virginia makes it illegal for any person under the age of 21 to purchase, possess, or attempt to purchase or possess any alcoholic beverage, and, at all ages, there is zero tolerance for drinking and driving in Virginia.

Virginia is Tough on Drunk and Drugged Drivers Brochure —

NEW!! Virginia ABC Education Resources Answer Your Frequently Asked Questions

What are Virginia’s laws? Why the concern about underage drinking? What is binge drinking? Why is it dangerous? How much is too much? How do I estimate blood alcohol content (BAC)? How can I be a responsible party host?

Guide for College Students

Guide for Adults 21 and Older

For more alcohol safety tips for college students visit the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Education Program Website.


CollegeAIM - An Alcohol Intervention Matrix
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) developed the CollegeAIM guide and website to help college personnel choose wisely among the many potential interventions to address harmful and underage college student drinking. 

The centerpiece of the guide is a user-friendly, matrix-based tool developed with input from leading college alcohol researchers, along with college student life and alcohol and other drug (AOD) program staff. This tool helps school officials easily use research-based information to select campus alcohol intervention strategies. The tool rates the relative effectiveness and other characteristics of nearly 60 strategies and helps you:

  • Identify strategies most likely to reduce drinking and its harmful consequences,
  • See how your current strategies compare with other options,
  • Find new, research-based strategies to consider, and
  • Select a combination of approaches that meets the needs of your students and campus.

What’s on this site?
To help you choose an appropriate mix of effective, evidence-based interventions, CollegeAIM contains two matrices: one for environmental-level interventions, that target the campus community and student population as a whole, and the other for interventions that target individual students, including those in higher-risk groups such as first-year students, student athletes, members of Greek organizations, and mandated students. Beyond rating the relative effectiveness of these strategies, the matrices provide estimates for anticipated costs, barriers to implementation, and other factors. For each intervention, you will find citations for related research, as well as potential resources.

This site also provides a strategy planning worksheet, answers to frequently asked questions, and a list of additional supporting resources.

REPORT: Prevention of DUI and Alcohol Risks on College Campuses
This page includes numerous resources for community and four year campus law enforcement officials to learn more about excessive campus alcohol use prevention efforts. These resources are being provided as part of a project by the Virginia Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators to develop a pilot alcohol education initiative to prevent underage drinking and impaired driving by college students. The project is funded through the Highway Safety Office of the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.

Studies confirm the benefit of incorporating enforcement interventions into programs in colleges and communities directed at alcohol use among young people.

Publicized and intensive enforcement of minimum drinking age and drinking and driving laws as part of campus programs have led to significant reductions of BAC drinking and driving among teenagers and young adults.

The leadership and partnership of law enforcement on community and campus alcohol prevention coalitions is essential for success, mutual support, and consistent coordination of messaging and strategies.





State Safety Belt Usage Rate (2016):


2015 Rate: 80.9%