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National Survey Finds Broad Support for Alcohol Regulations to Keep the Public Safe

Center for Alcohol Policy Releases Survey Results on Public Attitudes on Alcohol Policy

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Americans want to keep in place state and local alcohol regulations to keep them safe, according to a new national poll conducted by a bipartisan team of pollsters, Whitman Insight Strategies and Wilson Research Strategies.  The survey shows that 77% of adults support “the rights of individual states to set their own laws and regulations” regarding the sale of alcohol.

“The survey results show that Americans overwhelmingly agree that alcohol is a unique product that requires effective regulation, and they support keeping decisions about alcohol at the state and local level,” said Patrick Lynch, former Rhode Island Attorney General, former president of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG)  and current member of the CAP Advisory Council.

Fellow CAP Advisory Council member Jerry Oliver – who has served as a state alcohol regulator and police chief in Pasadena, California; Richmond, Virginia; and Detroit, Michigan – added, “It’s particularly interesting that a majority of Americans – more than 80 percent – said that parents, police officers and retailers already have a tough time keeping alcohol out of the hands of minors.  Most Americans also said that getting rid of rules and regulations could make alcohol problems worse. It is something that law enforcement – the men and women in uniform in communities across this country – are very concerned about as they work to keep communities safe.”

The survey results show:

  • 77% support the right of individual states to set their own laws and regulations surrounding the sale of alcohol
  • 87% say it is easy for adults to find a wide variety of beer, wine and liquor
  • 84% believe that with the overwhelming majority of alcohol sold in the United States being manufactured by foreign-owned global corporations, it is more important than ever that states and localities maintain their ability to regulate alcohol
  • 87% believe that all alcohol sold in their state should come through a licensed system which effectively tracks the steps it takes from producer to the consumer
  • 83% believe state and local laws regarding alcohol regulations should be decided by lawmakers, not by judges
  • 71% believe that since alcohol is different than other consumer products, it needs a different set of rules and the state should be regulating this industry
  • 81% believe that parents, police officers and retailers already have a difficult challenge keeping alcohol out of the hands of minors; getting rid of alcohol rules, regulations and safeguards could make the problem worse

The national telephone survey of 1,000 adults was conducted on behalf of the Center for Alcohol Policy from March 17-21, 2011.  The margin of error is +/- 3.1%.  Click here to see the survey report.

Click here to see slides from a webinar presentation of the survey results.

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The Center for Alcohol Policy is a 501c(3) organization whose mission is to educate policy makers, regulators and the public about alcohol, its uniqueness and regulation.  By conducting sound and scientific-based research and implementing initiatives that will maintain the appropriate state-based regulation of alcohol, the Center promotes safe and responsible consumption, fights underage drinking and drunk driving and informs key entities about the effects of alcohol consumption.  For more information, visit www.centerforalcoholpolicy.org.

Law Student Wins First Place in Center for Alcohol Policy Third Annual Essay Contest

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Center for Alcohol Policy (CAP) is pleased to announce that Neil Jamerson, a law student from the state of North Carolina, is the winner of its Third Annual Essay Contest.  Jamerson’s essay, “Higher Education and Public Health: Proper External Measures for Confronting Student Alcohol Abuse,” examines student drinking in the context of public health and recommends using state regulation to help universities confront student alcohol abuse.

“Considering the totality of the circumstances, state regulation is a better tool for preventing and ameliorating public health harms associated with college student alcohol abuse than tort,” Jamerson’s essay asserts. “Universities should seek state regulation to augment their internal efforts to control student alcohol abuse, and states are well-advised to consider additional regulation in order to ensure public welfare.”

Marshall Thompson, a law student at Brigham Young University, was named the second place winner in this year’s contest.  Adam Gershowitz, an associate law professor at the University of Houston Law Center finished in third place.

The winning entrants will receive prizes of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000 respectively.

The Essay Contest is intended to foster debate, analysis and examination of state alcohol regulation. The theme of this year’s contest was: “Describe how state-based regulation of alcoholic beverages promotes public health and safety.”  The CAP received a broad range of submissions that touched on legal challenges to state-based regulation, the impact of alcohol tax collection on public safety, international alcohol regulation and personal experience with alcohol regulation.

“State-based alcohol regulation is an important element of every community across the country,” said CAP Advisory Council member and Cumberland School of Law Professor Brannon Denning. “This year’s Essay Contest gave citizens from across our country, and beyond its shores, the opportunity to explore this idea and its implications for our nation’s public safety and health.”

To read the winning essays, please visit www.centerforalcoholpolicy.org/essay-contest. Details for the 2011 CAP Essay Contest will be posted soon.

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The Center for Alcohol Policy is a 501 c (3) organization whose mission is to educate policy makers, regulators and the public about alcohol, its uniqueness and regulation.  By conducting sound and scientific-based research and implementing initiatives that will maintain the appropriate state-based regulation of alcohol, the Center promotes safe and responsible consumption, fights underage drinking and drunk driving and informs key entities about the effects of alcohol consumption.  For more information, visit www.centerforalcoholpolicy.org.

Center for Alcohol Policy Announces Dates of Fourth Annual Alcohol Law Symposium

Reduced-Rate Hotel Reservations Now Available for This Must-Attend Event

Alexandria, VA – The Center for Alcohol Policy (CAP) Fourth Annual Alcohol Law Symposium will take place September 11-13, 2011, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago in Chicago, Illinois.

This annual event brings together a wide range of experts in the field of alcohol law – including some of the best legal minds in the country, state regulators, attorneys general, educators and industry officials – to discuss and debate current alcohol laws and challenges.

In 2010, the Symposium’s more than 100 attendees enjoyed a diverse program that featured public health officials, state and federal alcohol regulators, tax professionals, religious leaders and a keynote address from North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper, president of the National Association of Attorneys General.

Who:               Center for Alcohol Policy (CAP)

What:             Fourth Annual Legal Symposium

When:             Sunday, September 11 – Tuesday, September 13

(Symposium begins with an evening welcome reception on Sunday and concludes by mid-day Tuesday.)

Where:           The Hyatt Regency Chicago

151 E. Wacker Drive

Chicago, IL 60601

Reservations: 312-565-1234

(Please reference the Center for Alcohol Policy to receive the special negotiated room rate of $229 plus taxes per night for single/double occupancy. Government employees receive a special per diem rate of $173 plus taxes per night.)

The CAP works with state continuing legal education (CLE) boards to provide attending attorneys with CLE credits. Nearly 40 states approved the 2010 Alcohol Law Symposium for CLE credits.

More details about the 2011 CAP Alcohol Law Symposium, including a list of speakers and agenda, will be available on the CAP Web site, www.centerforalcoholpolicy.org, as they become available. Special discounted registration rates will be made available for government and non-profit employees. For further information, please e-mail info@centerforalcoholpolicy.org.

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The Center for Alcohol Policy is a 501c(3) organization whose mission is to educate policy makers, regulators and the public about alcohol, its uniqueness and regulation.  By conducting sound and scientific-based research and implementing initiatives that will maintain the appropriate state-based regulation of alcohol, the Center promotes safe and responsible consumption, fights underage drinking and drunk driving and informs key entities about the effects of alcohol consumption.  For more information, visit www.centerforalcoholpolicy.org.


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