Orange Partnership for Alcohol and Drug Free Youth


Do Your Part: Sell alcohol responsibly.

Protecting our youth makes good business sense. It's not as difficult as you might think to protect young people from underage exposure to alcohol.

Helping protect kids from alcohol is a win-win

By taking the steps to keep our young people safe, you will show others you care. You will increase your positive reputation in the community, avoid costly fines and citations and contribute to building a healthy, productive community with less crime. 

Responsible Retailers Initiative

The Responsible Retailers Initiative of the Orange Partnership for Alcohol and Drug Free Youth recognizes local retailers who have made the commitment to responsible alcohol sales.

Retail responsibly. Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Have every employee complete ABC Commission-approved training in responsible alcohol sales. A list of options can be found here.
  2. Check IDs thoroughly and consistently for everyone who appears to be under the age of 30. Post clear signage by coolers and at registers that patrons appearing under 30 WILL be carded.
  3. Reduce excessive alcohol advertising both inside and outside your store.
  4. Make sure alcohol displays and advertising are not at child eye level or near popular youth items such as candy, soda, and snacks.
  5. Do not display large quantities of alcohol such as stacked cases of beer in the front of the store.

Check IDs thoroughly. Here's how:


Know the license color code and shape

North Carolina uses a “stoplight” color theme to make it easy to check the age of your customers. The “direction” of the license will differ as well. See sidebar for key.

Know the person

Compare the photograph and physical description to the person standing in front of you.

Know a real license

Real North Carolina drivers’ licenses have several holograms and watermarks - an airplane in the middle, county names listed along the top edge, and several NC DMV logos. Does the watermark match the picture in the bottom corner?

Know a fake license

A fake license may be frayed or worn at the edges or it may feel uneven to the touch.

Remember - when in doubt, DON’T SELL!

Establish a Written Alcohol Sales Policy

If you do not already have one, develop a written policy for alcohol sales and service and make sure your employees understand and remember it. You can see a sample policy here.


License Colors and Shapes

Red Border (ages 15-17)red-border.gif

Yellow Border (ages 18-20)yellow-border.gif

Green Border (ages 21+)greenborder.gif

Do your part Report underage drinking and adults who provide: 1-888-888-TIPS
Your tips are anonymous and confidential.

Freedom House Recovery Center

The success of the Orange Partnership for Alcohol and Drug Free Youth relies on grants and private donations.

We are thankful to Freedom House Recovery Center for providing administrative support for our fundraising efforts. When donating online, please be sure that Orange Partnership is selected from the Program section.

Continue to our secure donation page
Our donation page under Freedom House is hosted by

You may also donate by check.

Note: Your check should be made out to Freedom House Recovery Center.
Please write Orange Partnership on the memo line.

Mail to:
Orange Partnership for Alcohol and Drug Free Youth
c/o Freedom House Recovery Center
104 New Stateside Dr.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Thanks for your support!


Help keep our community’s youth safe by sharing information with local law enforcement about:

Tipline calls are anonymous and confidential and may be used to prevent illegal activities before they occur.

Call 1-888-888-TIPS (8477)


Join the Safe Homes Network

The Safe Homes Network is a community of parents and other adults who have pledged NOT to provide alcohol, tobacco or other drugs to youth. They are promising to make reasonable efforts to ensure that youth are not obtaining or using these substances in their home or on their property.


The partnership gives network members a directory of others who have signed the pledge. We will also keep members
up-to date on the issue of youth substance abuse through a bi-annual e-newsletter where you can learn how to encourage others to join our efforts. Click the button below to join the Safe Homes Network. For more information, contact Gayane Chambless at  You can also check out the conversation on our Facebook page.

Sign the Safe Homes Pledge