Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission

Since 2002, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has been the designated state administrator for Enforcing Underage Drinking Law (EUDL) grant funds for the State of Texas and monitors each project. The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL) block grant, provides funding. Each project addresses underage drinking through a comprehensive program involving various members of the local community. The funding is used to increase enforcement efforts and provide educational programs to increase the awareness of underage drinking laws and the consequences of underage drinking. In the past, TABC has used EUDL grant money to:

  • Support innovative programs to prevent and combat underage drinking throughout communities in Texas.
  • Increase enforcement efforts to prevent and combat underage drinking.
  • Host specialized trainings geared toward law enforcement, colleges and universities, middle schools and high schools, and parents to combat and prevent underage drinking.

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (formerly the Texas Liquor Control Board) was created in 1935.

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) is the state agency that regulates all phases of the alcoholic beverage industry in Texas. The duties of the commission include regulating sales, taxation, importation, manufacturing, transporting, and advertising of alcoholic beverages.

The Agency’s mission is to promote public safety and serve the people of Texas through consistent, fair and timely administration of the Alcoholic Beverage Code while fostering education, voluntary compliance and legal, responsible alcohol consumption.

TABC agents and auditors work with retailers to improve public safety for all communities. TABC would much rather assist a retailer by providing education prior to a violation than making education mandatory after the fact. There are several education programs and operations available to retailers on a voluntary basis. Don’t wait until a violation has occurred, contact TABC today to schedule training for retail management and other employees.

Education and Prevention

Underage alcohol consumption has been a primary focus of the agency for many years and will continue to garner great attention and effort by the TABC. The number of higher education facilities and students in the state will require additional attention by the agency to address the problem of college and binge drinking issues involving young people who are under and over 21.

TABC will continue to communicate and reach out to communities to facilitate the needs of parents, youth, retailers, and other law enforcement agencies to address the problems of binge drinking, underage alcohol consumption, irresponsible service, and irresponsible consumption.

Materials were created for special programs using grant funding and sent directly to TABC field offices throughout the state.

If you are interested in TABC speaking at your event, go to Request a Speaker.

Public Service Announcements

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission offers several 30 second public service announcements for the general public. These PSAs include:

  • “If It Happens” – A lot of parents think it is a good idea to let their teenager and friends drink only in their home. This PSA targets parents and informs them of some of the consequences of providing alcohol to minors at their home.
  • “You Drink. You Drive. You Pay” – Some teenagers may not know that Texas has a Zero Tolerance when it comes to minors (a person under the age of 21) driving under the influence of alcohol. This PSA targets teenagers and informs them of some of the consequences of driving with ANY detectable amount of alcohol in their system, this means even one drink.
  • “It’s Your Duty” – Texas has the second most active duty military personnel in the United States. For many retailers this provides a moral dilemma. They have underage service men and women that come into their establishments trying to purchase alcohol, they are old enough to go to war, but can’t buy alcohol. What is a retailer to do? This PSA targets those retailers and informs them on the consequences of selling alcohol to minors, even military minors.

Public Service Announcements


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