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Center for Alcohol Policy Partners with Bill of Rights Institute to Offer Educators “Toast the Constitution!” Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan Teaches Rise and Fall of Prohibition

ALEXANDRIA, VA Thanks to the work of the Bill of Rights Institute and the support of the Center for Alcohol Policy, educators across the country now have access to a comprehensive “Toast the Constitution!” lesson plan to teach students about the rise and fall of national Prohibition.

Developed in partnership with the National Constitution Center’s American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition exhibit, the lesson plan teaches students about the origins of the 18th Amendment, the individuals and groups who fought for and against Prohibition, and the events that led to its eventual repeal with the passage of the 21st Amendment.

As part of the lesson, students will use their new knowledge as well as their drawing skills to get classmates to identify and define key terms in a game of Prohibition Pictionary. Students also will learn about the roles of historical figures from the era by taking on their identities for a dinner party.

“It’s important for today’s youth to learn the important lessons of Prohibition and the history of our nation’s alcohol policies,” said Center for Alcohol Policy Advisory Council Member and Cumberland School of Law Professor Brannon Denning. “No other product in our nation’s history has been the subject of two constitutional amendments, the second of which gave each state the right to regulate it as they see fit.”

“The fascinating history surrounding the rise and fall of Prohibition offers a great lesson in federalism, and this new lesson plan presents these important topics in a fun and creative way,” Denning added.

Educators interested in downloading the lesson plan at no cost can visit the Bill of Rights Institute website at www.billofrightsinstitute.org.

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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.

The mission of the Bill of Rights Institute is to educate young people about the words and ideas of America’s Founders, the liberties guaranteed in our Founding documents, and how our Founding principles continue to affect and shape a free society. It is the goal of the Institute to help the next generation understand the freedom and opportunity the Constitution offers.

Center for Alcohol Policy Marks Alcohol Awareness Month

ALEXANDRIA, VA – This April, the Center for Alcohol Policy (CAP) joins organizations across the country in recognizing Alcohol Awareness Month, a nationwide campaign designated by the U.S. Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to raise awareness of the problems that alcohol abuse can cause for individuals, their families and their communities.

“Alcohol Awareness Month is a great opportunity to educate policymakers, regulators and the public about alcohol, its uniqueness and its regulation – which aligns perfectly with the mission of the Center for Alcohol Policy,” said Jim Hall, former chair of the National Transportation Safety Board and current member of the CAP Advisory Council.

“The 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which repealed Prohibition in 1933 and established today’s system of state-based alcohol regulation, notes that alcohol is ‘intoxicating,’” Hall continued. “As such, the Center’s educational activities and research efforts are focused on the regulated system that enforces the responsible manufacture, distribution and sale of alcohol beverages to adults of legal drinking age, while also highlighting the challenges presented by alcohol abuse.”

Among the CAP’s annual programs that highlight alcohol’s unique attributes and the need for its effective regulation is a nationwide essay contest, a national survey on American attitudes toward alcohol regulation and an alcohol law symposium. Visit www.centerforalcoholpolicy.org to learn more about these programs and additional CAP initiatives.

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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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