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Environmental-Level Strategies
Campus or community-based

Conduct “reward & reminder” or “mystery shopping visit”a

Under this strategy, patrons who appear underage or intoxicated attempt to purchase alcohol. Servers/sellers are rewarded and/or congratulated for checking IDs and/or refusing alcohol service. Servers/sellers who sell alcohol receive education about the laws and training to improve compliance rather than punishment. The system can be implemented by an individual establishment or a campus, local, or state organization or enforcement agency.

  • Effectiveness: = Moderate effectiveness
  • Cost: $$ = Mid-range
  • Barriers: (At college and local level) # = Lower; (At state level) ## = Moderate
  • Research Amount: *** = 5 or more cross-sectional studies or 1 to 4 longitudinal studies
  • Public Health Reach: Broad
  • Staffing Expertise Needed: Coordinator
  • Target Population: All students
  • Research Population: General

NOTE: Cost ratings are based on a consensus among research team members of the relative program and staff costs for adoption, implementation, and maintenance of a strategy. Actual costs will vary by institution, depending on size, existing programs, and other campus and community factors.

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