college students return to campus for the start of the fall semester,
Indiana State Excise Police (ISEP) officers are committed to promoting
public safety by enforcing the state's alcohol laws.
are intently focused on violations of the Alcoholic Beverage Code,
particularly underage possession and consumption of alcohol, adults
providing alcohol to minors, possession and use of false IDs and related
crimes like drunk driving,” the ISEP said in a statement released last week.
“If you choose to violate the law, you can face arrest, citation, or a
disciplinary referral at your college or university. Choosing to engage in
illegal activities can also affect future job prospects and some
behaviors like underage drinking and binge drinking can sometimes have
disastrous results,” ISEP noted. “Excise officers are committed to reducing
tragedies associated with underage drinking and excessive alcohol
Researchers at the
National Institutes of Health identified some of the consequences of
underage drinking in college: missed classes and lower grades, injuries,
sexual assaults, overdoses, memory blackouts, changes in brain function,
lingering cognitive deficits and death.
Law does provide immunity for the crimes of public intoxication, minor
possession, minor consumption, and minor transporting alcohol to persons who
reveal themselves to law enforcement while seeking medical assistance for a
person suffering from an alcohol-related health emergency.
If someone appears
to be in need of medical attention, call 911 immediately.
Then stay with the
person needing help, since you may be able to provide valuable information
to emergency responders.
As the enforcement
division of the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission, the primary mission
of the Indiana State Excise Police is to promote public safety by enforcing
Indiana's Alcoholic Beverage Code. While excise officers have the authority
to enforce any state law, they focus primarily on alcohol, tobacco and