ALCOHOL EDUCATION PROGRAMS FOR MINORS (aka MINOR IN POSSESSION (MIP) PROGRAM)
Section 106.115, Alcoholic Beverage Code, requires minors convicted of first or subsequent offenses for the purchase, possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages to attend an alcohol awareness course approved by the department in addition to assessing a fine.
If a department approved course is not available, the court shall require the defendant to perform 8-12 hours of community service. Failure to complete the alcohol awareness course or community service within 90 days of conviction will result in a license suspension of up to 6 months.
The department has adopted minimum operational requirements for alcohol awareness programs seeking our approval. Administrator/instructor training in the use of the standardized curriculum is offered quarterly. The standardized program is six hours in length and is designed to help participants increase their knowledge about alcohol and drugs among young people.
The curriculum contains information on the following topics: societal values related to alcohol consumption by minors, the influence of alcohol advertising on young people, the physical, social and psychological effects of alcohol upon young people; the relationship between motor vehicle and other accidents and alcohol use; relevant laws relating to the purchase, possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages by minors, drinking patterns and problems of young people including abuse and addiction and decision making skills. Training for instructors and administrators in the use of the curriculum is on going.