Alcohol is the most commonly used drug among adolescents. Alcohol use by teens leads to many health and social problems, including traffic crashes, violence and property crime, suicide, and poor school performance.
In Dakota County, the Public Health Department, County Attorney's Office, County Sheriff’s Office, school districts, and cities work with young people, parents, and licensed alcohol establishments to reduce teen drinking.
For more information about what parents can do, check information from the Dakota County Attorney’s Office.
Alcohol compliance checks
Many law enforcement agencies conduct alcohol compliance checks as a way to identify licensed stores, restaurants, and bars that sell alcohol to underage youth.
During these checks:
- A person under age 21 attempts to purchase or order an alcoholic beverage while a law enforcement officer observes or waits outside the business.
- The underage person is told to look their age, be honest about their age, and to not use a fake ID.
- If the young person is successful in purchasing the alcohol, the law enforcement officer issues a criminal citation to the clerk or server and an administrative citation to the alcohol license holder/owner.
Dakota County compliance checks
Dakota County Public Health issues an annual report that summarizes data on alcohol compliance checks conducted by law enforcement agencies in the County.