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Center for Alcohol Policy Essay Contest Winners Discuss Origin of Modern Alcohol Policies at National Meeting of Alcohol Regulators

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Winners of the Center for Alcohol Policy (CAP) Fourth Annual Essay Contest addressed the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators, Inc. (NCSLA) annual meeting and conference today in Washington, D.C.  They spoke to attendees as part of a panel titled “Now That Alcohol Is Legal Again- How Should It Be Regulated? Toward Liquor Control 79 Years Later,” moderated by Executive Director of the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission Hobert Rupe.

The panel followed a keynote address by Daniel Okrent, author of Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, who provided a historical reflection on America’s experience with Prohibition.  The panelists included Laura Napoli, an attorney from New York, New York; Ryan Lozar, an attorney from San Diego, California; Jeremy Carp, a student at Macalester College; and Ashley Watkins, a law student at Duke University.  Each of their winning essays, which were distributed to attendees, addressed the CAP 2011 Essay Contest topic: The Importance of Toward Liquor Control to Modern Alcohol Policy.

Toward Liquor Control is the result of a study commissioned by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. in 1933, which provided a blueprint for states to follow when determining their alcohol regulatory systems following Prohibition.  The CAP republished the book in 2011 to provide those interested in effective state-based alcohol regulation with a historical perspective and an understanding of why the system remains important today.  The original meetings of NCSLA brought the theories of Toward Liquor Control to life.

Toward Liquor Control provides an interesting historical perspective but also a blueprint for what’s in place today,” Napoli said.

Lozar emphasized that the goal of Toward Liquor Control was to address public health and industry regulation, while Carp said that Rockefeller’s goal in commissioning the study was to promote social control and respect for the law.

Referencing the book’s continued relevance today, Watkins added, “Toward Liquor Control should be used by the courts to understand the value of a comprehensive state regulatory system and states’ rights.”

The book Toward Liquor Control can be purchased online at www.centerforalcoholpolicy.org.  It is also available as an iBook through Apple’s iBookstore, a NOOK book from Barnes and Noble and other popular e-book formats.

Each year, the CAP Essay Contest is intended to foster debate, analysis and examination of state alcohol regulation and its implications for citizens across the United States.  For details about the 2012 CAP Essay Contest, please visit www.centerforalcoholpolicy.org/essay-contest.

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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 or follow the Center on Twitter at www.twitter.com/AlcoholPolicy.

Center for Alcohol Policy Accepting Submissions for Fifth Annual Essay Contest

Alexandria, VA – The Center for Alcohol Policy (CAP) is now accepting entries for its Fifth Annual Essay Contest.  The topic for this year’s contest is: “If a country were starting alcohol regulation from scratch, what regulatory framework would you advise it to create and why?”

“In the United States, it’s important to look at the abuse of alcohol leading up to national Prohibition and the societal issues that arose during Prohibition in order to fully understand the state-based alcohol regulatory system put in place following passage of the 21st Amendment,” said CAP Advisory Council member and Samford University Cumberland School of Law Professor Brannon Denning.  “Other countries with different histories and cultures lack such an effective regulatory structure.”

The CAP Essay Contest is intended to foster debate, analysis and examination of state alcohol regulation and its implications for citizens across the United States.

WHO CAN ENTER:  The contest is open to all persons over the age of 18.  Students, academics, practicing attorneys, policymakers and members of the general public are encouraged to submit essays.

HOW TO ENTER:  Papers may be emailed to essay@centerforalcoholpolicy.org or sent as a hard copy to:  Center for Alcohol Policy; Attn: Essay Contest; 1101 King St., Suite 600-A; Alexandria, VA  22314

DEADLINE:  The deadline for entries is December 14, 2012.  Winners will be announced in 2013.

AWARDS:  Cash prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners in the amounts of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000 respectively.

To read entry rules, essay guidelines and last year’s winning essays, please visit www.centerforalcoholpolicy.org/essay-contest/.

For more information, please visit www.centerforalcoholpolicy.org or call (703) 519-3090.

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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 or follow the Center on Twitter at www.twitter.com/AlcoholPolicy.


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