Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police

Contact: BPD Media Relations Office


Monday, March 03, 2014

About 10 percent of businesses served or sold alcohol to minors in an Alcohol Compliance Check over the weekend.

Efforts to enforce Idaho's underage drinking laws continued in Boise over the weekend. Officers conducted a routine check on businesses who sell or serve alcohol. 

  • 89 various locations throughout the city were checked.
  • Eight served or sold alcohol to a minor. 
  • Just under 10 percent of the businesses checked served or sold alcohol to minors, approximately the same percentage as the last check done in December, 2013.

Establishments cited for serving or selling to a minor were: 

  • Grocery Outlet, 5544 Fairview Ave.
  • Sono Bana Restaurant, 303 N. Orchard St.
  • Lucianosi Italian Restaurant, 11 N. Orchard St.
  • Albertson's, Orchard & Overland
  • Jackson's, Vista & Sunrise Rim
  • Albertson's, Federal Way
  • M&W Market, 1835 Warm Springs Ave.
  • Chili's Restaurant, 916 S. Broadway Ave

Officers also responded to several citizen complaints about loud parties that involved underage drinking on Saturday. Officers issued 19 citations to minors possessing alcohol. 

Penalties of providing alcohol to underage youth:

A person who sells or furnishes alcohol to an underage youth will face fines between $500 and $1,000 plus up to one year in jail.
Maximum Penalties for licensed establishments that sell alcohol to minors;

1st offense within three years - 10 day license suspension or $1,000.00 fine
2nd offense within three years - 30 day license suspension or 15 day suspension and $1,500.00 fine.
3rd offense within three years - 180 day license suspension

Server Training:

The Boise Police department provides FREE training to employees of businesses on Idaho alcohol laws, recognizing fake ID's and how to prevent over-service. For information, call the Boise Police Alcohol Compliance Officer at 426-4499.

Boise City Code: Section 5-07-03 SERVER TRAINING REQUIREMENTS
A. Unless already certified, a Server of Alcohol as defined in this Chapter must complete an Approved Server Training program by July 1, 2009, or within sixty (60) days of the date the alcohol server begins employment at a licensed
establishment and must maintain that certification throughout his or her employment as a Server of Alcohol.

A. Any person violating any provision of this Chapter shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, can be fined in an amount not exceeding one thousand ($1,000.00) dollars or be imprisoned for a period not
exceeding six (6) months or be both so fined and imprisoned.

New Facebook Page for BPD's Alcohol Compliance Office:

To help keep citizens, business owners and employees up to date on alcohol compliance training, education and enforcement efforts, the Boise Police Alcohol Compliance Office has a new Facebook page. Give it a 'like"!

What can citizens do to help?

Boise Police join Mothers Against Drunk Drivers in urging parents to talk to their kids about making smart choices and highlighting the dangers of drinking alcohol while under 21.

A MADD survey has found parents have a greater influence than many parents might think over the choices their children make. Boise Police encourage parents to take advantage of a helpful web site provided by MADD: to help identify ways parents and concerned adults can keep kids safe from the dangers of alcohol.

Call Crime Stoppers:

Boise Police encourage citizens who know of places who serve alcohol to minors, or of places who may be serving already intoxicated patrons to contact Crime Stoppers. Boise Police will follow up on citizen tips. You can contact Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS, or log onto, or text CRIMES or 274637, subject: Tip236.


Teens don't just drink. They drink to excess.

More than 8 percent of eighth graders, 16 percent of sophomores, and 24 percent of seniors report recent binge drinking (5+ drinks on the same occasion).

Underage drinking is linked to injury and risky behavior.

According to the U.S. Surgeon General, about 5,000 kids under 21 die every year as a result of underage drinking - from crashes, homicides, and suicides. Teens that drink also are at risk for a long list of other injuries and potential life-long alcohol abuse. Reducing underage drinking can reduce drinking-related harm.

Brain Development and Alcohol Abuse: Research indicates that the human brain continues to develop into a person's early 20s, and that exposure of the developing brain to alcohol may have long-lasting effects on intellectual capabilities and may increase the likelihood of alcohol addiction.
The age when drinking starts affects future drinking problems. For each year that the start of drinking is delayed, the risk of later alcohol dependence is reduced by 14 percent.

Drinking & Driving: Car crashes are the leading cause of death among people ages 15 to 20. About 1,900 people under 21 die every year from car crashes involving underage drinking. Young people are more susceptible to alcohol-induced impairment of their driving skills. Drinking drivers aged 16 to 20 are twice as likely to be involved in a fatal crash as drinking drivers who are 21 or older.

Suicide: Alcohol use interacts with conditions like depression and stress, and contributes to an estimated 300 teen suicides a year.
High school students who drink are twice as likely to have seriously considered attempting suicide, as compared to nondrinkers. High school students who binge drink are four times as likely to have attempted suicide, as compared to nondrinkers.

Sexual Behavior: Current teen drinkers are more than twice as likely to have had sexual intercourse within the past three months than teens who don't drink. Higher drinking levels increase the likelihood of sexual activity. Adolescents who drink are more likely to engage in risky sexual activities, like having sex with someone they don't know or failing to use birth control.

Other Risks: Teens who drink alcohol are more likely than nondrinkers to smoke marijuana, use inhalants, or carry a weapon. Binge drinking substantially increases the likelihood of these activities.

Academic Performance: A government study published in 2007 shows a relationship between binge drinking and grades. Approximately two-thirds of students with "mostly A's" are non-drinkers, while nearly half of the students with "mostly D's and F's" report binge drinking. It is not clear, however, whether academic failure leads to drinking, or vice versa.

Let's work together and keep our kids safe! Online Resources: