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Alcohol Under 21... Your Party's Over

Campus law enforcement agencies across the Commonwealth want you to be 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.


Get involved in Prevention:

  • Contact your campus law enforcement, health, counseling and student affairs organizations to connect with on-campus initiatives or start a new one!

  • Check out the following resources:

    • Boosting Alcohol Consciousness Concerning the Health of University Students Initiatives: BACCHUS Initiatives is a collegiate peer education program that supports the achievement of students’ academic and personal success by building skills in student leaders to address campus health and safety issues. 

    • Step UP!: Step UP! is a pro-social behavior and bystander intervention program that educates students to be proactive in helping others.

    • FailSafe: FailSafe is a web-based toolkit that engages and empowers student leaders to assess, manage, and reduce high risk drinking behaviors among members of their student organization.

    • Virtual Bar App: The Virtual Bar uses the latest science to help you not only get a better understanding of how different factors affect your blood-alcohol concentration – or BAC – on an individual level, but also can help you see how your night could go depending on the food you eat, the water you drink throughout the night, and other important variables. It also helps give you a sense of how long it would take for your BAC to return to 0.00, which we think will surprise you.

    What's more? The Virtual Bar will tell you how you might actually be feeling at different BAC levels to help you relate to and better understand the differences between BAC levels. That's right, we know exactly how you're feeling. We so get you.

  • Join a growing Virginia social media conversation among youth and young adults that celebrates active, fun lifestyles without drinking underage or driving impaired: @YourVibeVa and @PartySafeVA


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.

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 —

Why Did We Start This Campaign?

REPORT: Prevention of DUI and Alcohol Risks on College Campuses.

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. 

The Virginia BuzzKill – Alcohol Under 21, Your Party’s Over campaign has been made possible through funding from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, Virginia ABC, and Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. Materials for the campaign were adapted with permission from a program of the Drug Free Action Alliance.

Thanks to the following campus law enforcement agencies who helped us launch this effort: Christopher Newport University, Hampton University, J Sergeant Reynolds Community College, Norfolk State University, Tidewater Community Colleges University of Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Union University.

This campaign was funded through a DMV Highway Safety Grant.





State Safety Belt Usage Rate (2018):


2017 Rate: 85.3%