Center for Alcohol Policy Marks Anniversary of 21st Amendment

On Tuesday, Dec. 5, the Center for Alcohol Policy will commemorate the 84th  anniversary of the ratification of the 21st Amendment to the United States Constitution. On that date in 1933, Prohibition ended in the United States when 36 states (the requisite three-fourths majority of the then 48 states) ratified the 21st Amendment to the United States Constitution, thereby repealing the 18th Amendment which began Prohibition in 1920.

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Deadline Approaches for Center for Alcohol Policy Essay Contest

2017 Essay Contest FlyerOnly two weeks remain to enter the Center for Alcohol Policy’s 10th Annual National Essay Contest. The Center will accept entries through Dec. 1, 2017. The topic for this year’s contest is:

The Supreme Court has recognized “temperance” as a permissible goal of state alcohol regulation. Define temperance as it would apply in today’s alcohol marketplace. Is it still relevant today? Should temperance still be recognized as a permissible goal of alcohol regulation?

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New Report Analyzes Implementation of Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme

The Center for Alcohol Policy released a new report, “Combatting Fake, Counterfeit, and Contraband Alcohol Challenges in the United Kingdom through the Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme (AWRS),” authored by Robert Tobiassen, the former Chief Counsel at the Treasury Department’s Alcohol Tax and Trade Bureau. The report is a follow up to his 2014 report, “The ‘Fake Alcohol’ Situation in the United States: The Impact of Culture, Market Economics, and the Current Regulatory Systems,” that examined the high number of incidences of fake alcohol in countries around the world, compared to the low number of incidences in the United States.

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Center for Alcohol Policy Marks Constitution Day

This Constitution Day, celebrated annually on Sept. 17, the Center for Alcohol Policy is highlighting its educational resources that explain the 21st Amendment’s role in establishing America’s state-based regulatory system. The Center for Alcohol Policy video The Origins of America’s State-Based Regulatory System illustrates the origin of today’s alcohol regulatory system, which works to balance alcohol control with an orderly and competitive marketplace.

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Center for Alcohol Policy Hosts 10th Annual Alcohol Law and Policy Conference

The Center for Alcohol Policy hosted its 10th Annual Alcohol Law and Policy Conference September 6 – 8, 2017, at the Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile in Chicago, Illinois. The conference was attended by a record-setting crowd with representation from 34 states and Washington, D.C. This annual event brings together a wide range of experts in the field of alcohol law – including attorneys, current and former alcohol regulators, academic thought leaders, public health advocates and other experts – to discuss current alcohol laws and challenges.

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Maryland Alcohol Regulator Receives National Award at Center for Alcohol Policy Annual Conference

The Center for Alcohol Policy announced that Kathie Durbin, chief of licensure, regulation and education at the Montgomery County, Maryland, Department of Liquor Control, is the recipient of the Fifth Annual Leadership in Alcohol Regulation Award. The award, which recognizes a specific program, agency or person who oversees the alcohol industry and promotes public safety, was presented by the Center’s Advisory Council at the 10th Annual Alcohol Law and Policy Conference, in Chicago, Illinois, last week.

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Public’s Concern Over Alcohol Misuse Remains High

According to a recently released national poll commissioned by the Center for Alcohol Policy, four-in-five Americans support individual states’ ability to regulate alcohol. The poll results also show that 93% of respondents believes drunk driving problems remain an extremely or very serious problem, a number surpassing concerns about opioid abuse which has dominated the nation’s headlines recently. Binge drinking and underage drinking are seen as  extremely to very serious problems, as well, at 78% and 73% respectively.

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Fears of Tainted Alcohol at Mexican Resorts Underscore Need for Effective Alcohol Regulation

Recent news reports indicate that several tourists and families travelling to all-inclusive resorts in Mexico suspect they were given tainted alcohol, which in some cases resulted in death. The reports underscore a stark contrast between alcohol regulation in Mexico and the United States, where state-based alcohol regulation and a three-tiered system of distribution provides a clear chain of custody and guards against tainted alcohol products reaching consumers.

A report by former Chief Counsel for the United States Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau Robert M. Tobiassen, “The ‘Fake Alcohol’ Situation in the United States: The Impact of Culture, Market Economics, and the Current Regulatory Systems,” explains why there are few incidents of fake alcohol products in the United States. The study describes “strong regulatory systems that police the production, importation, distribution and retail sales of alcohol beverages through independent parties” and the country’s “competitive marketplace that provides alcohol beverages at all price points.”

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Deadline Approaches for Fifth Annual Leadership in Alcohol Regulation Award

Leadership in Alcohol Regulation Award LogoThe Center for Alcohol Policy is accepting nominations for the Fifth Annual Leadership in Alcohol Regulation Award until July 21, 2017. The award will be presented at the Center’s 10th Annual Alcohol Law and Policy Conference, September 6 – 8 at the Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile in Chicago, Illinois.

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Center for Alcohol Policy Announces 10th Annual Essay Contest

2017 Essay Contest FlyerThe Center for Alcohol Policy is now accepting entries for its 10th Annual National Essay Contest. The topic for this year’s contest is:

The Supreme Court has recognized “temperance” as a permissible goal of state alcohol regulation. Define temperance as it would apply in today’s alcohol marketplace. Is it still relevant today? Should temperance still be recognized as a permissible goal of alcohol regulation?

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