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Alcohol Education

Our Mission

The mission of the Education Section is to promote responsible consumption and distribution by licensees of alcoholic beverages to those of age and zero tolerance for underage consumption through the use of prevention initiatives that focus on environmental, educational and information dissemination strategies.

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Alcohol and Aging Awareness Group (AAAG)

While alcohol abuse and misuse affects all people; it is a growing problem facing older Americans. In response to an act of the General Assembly that amends and reenacts 2.2-5510 of the Code of Virginia relating to the effect of the aging population on state agencies, ABC has created an Alcohol and Aging Awareness Group (AAAG) in order to educate ABC customers and caregivers about alcohol misuse among Virginia's aging population. Learn more about AAAG.

ABC received national and state awards, for implementing its Alcohol and Aging initiative. The National Conference of State Liquor Administrators, an organization consisting of the 50 states, Puerto Rico and Guam, recognized ABC at its national conference. The Virginia Department of Health presented the agency with the 2008 Recognition Award for Innovative Prevention Projects.

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Youth Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Project (YADAPP)

YADAPP is a youth leadership program empowering teens to become involved in keeping their schools and communities alcohol and drug free. Each year YADAPP holds its Summer Leadership Conference for approximately 600 Virginia high school students and adults. Since 1984, YADAPP has been helping teens change lives through leadership. For more information check out or become a friend of the YADAPP Guy on Facebook, the official YADAPP Facebook page.

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Managers' Alcohol Responsibility Training (MART)

Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control offers training to help managers become more responsible and to better understand Virginia laws and regulations. Led by a team of ABC special agents, Managers' Alcohol Responsibility Training (MART) is a six-hour class, developed for managers of Virginia's on- and off-premise establishments.

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Responsible Sellers and Servers: Virginia's Program (RSVP)

Virginia ABC offers training to help sellers and servers become more responsible and to better understand ABC laws, rules and regulations. The training is for clerks, cashiers, wait staff and other "front line" employees. Responsible Sellers and Servers: Virginia's Program (RSVP) is a three-hour class designed specifically for Virginia's on-and off-premise licensees led by a team of ABC special agents.

Project Sticker Shock

Link to Project Sticker Shock web page Join us in keeping Virginia's youth alcohol free! Find out more about ABC's initiative to reduce underage drinking - Project Sticker Shock! This is a community awareness campaign designed to educate those persons 21 years of age or older who might illegally purchase alcohol and provide it to minors. The project seeks to increase awareness and compliance of the current Virginia underage drinking laws.

The project represents a partnership among youth, licensees, concerned parents and community members, prevention professionals, and law enforcement. It is a great project for youth groups, faith-based groups, school-based groups or any group interested in preventing underage drinking.

Licensee Resources

Virginia ABC has many resources to help Virginia's licensees promote responsible sales and consumption of alcoholic beverages. Learn more about ABC's programs such as the Responsible Servers/Sellers: Virginia's Program (RSVP). Find helpful documents and resources such as the Prevent Underage Sales: Virginia's Alcohol Laws training packet, Tools to Prevent Underage Sales and much more.

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For more information about our Education services, please contact the Education Section at (804) 977-7440 or e-mail

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