Office of Alcoholic Beverage Control
ABC Cracks Down On Alcohol Sales to Underage College Students

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, August 22, 2007  
Contact Information:  Nathan Jones

Frankfort, KY (Aug. 22, 2007) – With students returning to campuses across Kentucky, the Kentucky Office of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is stepping up efforts to prevent sales to minors at establishments that cater to college and university students.

ABC enforcement called on retailers, bars, and restaurants to prevent drinking by minors. While most establishments do a fairly good job of guarding against sales to minors, some that cater to college-aged students are less vigilant, he said.

ABC investigators and local law enforcement are out in force to make sure that underage drinking laws are being followed. They are citing establishments that allow minors to drink and remain on their premises. 

With the school year just beginning, several establishments already have been cited for infractions and there have been dangerous incidents involving over-consumption of alcohol by minors.

A popular night spot in central Kentucky, which previously has been cited for sales of minors, recently received two additional charges of illegal sales.  This repeat offender was ordered to pay one of the largest fines in recent ABC history.  Last week, two underage students were hospitalized for alcohol poisoning after drinking on the campus of a local university.

Each charge of sale to a minor carries a fine of up to $1,750. Fines double with a second offense, and a third offense can result in the revocation of an establishment’s liquor or beer license. Adults convicted of providing alcohol to minors can receive up to 12 months in jail, while minors who drink alcohol or have fake identifications are also subject to criminal penalties.

While the ABC is emphasizing enforcement as students return to school, that is only the beginning of efforts to combat underage drinking. Sellers and servers can be educated about legal requirements and prevention tactics through the Server Training in Alcohol Regulations (S.T.A.R) program. 

ABC offers alcohol awareness programs for high school and college students that emphasize the law, personal responsibility, and health. 

For information on these programs and other ways to stop underage drinking, contact the educational branch of ABC at 502-564-4850. 

            ABC is an agency within the Department of Public Protection in the Kentucky Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet.