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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“The 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which repealed Prohibition in 1933 and established today’s system of state-based alcohol regulation, notes that alcohol is ‘intoxicating,’” Hall continued.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.”

A newly released CAP educational video explains the origin of America’s state-based alcohol regulatory system, which today works to balance alcohol control with an orderly and competitive marketplace.

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 and policy conference. Visit www.centerforalcoholpolicy.org to learn more about these programs and other 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.

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood to Deliver Keynote Address at Alcohol Law and Policy Conference

AttyGenHood-webALEXANDRIA, VA – Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood will deliver the keynote address at the Center for Alcohol Policy (CAP) Seventh Annual Alcohol Law and Policy Conference to be held September 3 – 5, 2014, at the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile in Chicago, Illinois.

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

As attorney general of Mississippi, Jim Hood is an aggressive prosecutor who is committed to protecting the citizens of his state and to making Mississippi a safer place to live. Since his election in 2003, Attorney General Hood has consistently advocated for crime victims and worked to safeguard Mississippi’s most vulnerable citizens, children and the elderly. Now serving his third term, Attorney General Hood continues to implement programs aimed at protecting children, senior citizens and consumers in Mississippi. To that end, he has spearheaded a national emphasis with other attorneys general on hazardous counterfeit products, cyber initiatives and child protective programs.

Attorney General Hood will provide attendees with a better understanding of the role state attorneys general play in alcohol regulation, including efforts to prevent underage drinking.

In addition to the keynote address, the Law and Policy Conference will offer a variety of sessions addressing current topics in alcohol law.

To register online, visit www.centerforalcoholpolicy.org/law. Government and non-profit employees receive special discounted registration rates. For hotel reservations at the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile, book online or call 1-888-591-1234. Please reference the Center for Alcohol Policy to receive the special negotiated room rate of $169 plus taxes per night.

The CAP works with state continuing legal education (CLE) boards to provide attending attorneys with CLE credits. More than 35 states approved the 2013 conference for CLE credits.

More details about the 2014 CAP Alcohol Law and Policy Conference, including a list of speakers and agenda, will be available on the CAP website, www.centerforalcoholpolicy.org, as they become available. For further information, please email info@centerforalcoholpolicy.org.

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The Center for Alcohol Policy is a 501c(3) organization whose mission is to educate policymakers, 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.

 

Law Student Wins First Place in Center for Alcohol Policy’s Sixth Annual Essay Contest

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Center for Alcohol Policy (CAP) is pleased to announce that Warren Adegunle, a student at the University of Georgia School of Law, is the winner of its Sixth Annual Essay Contest. The CAP national essay contest is intended to foster debate, analysis and examination of state alcohol regulation. The topic of the 2013 contest was: “This year marks the 80th anniversary of the 21st Amendment. Has it achieved its intended purpose?”

Adegunle’s essay, “Achieving Success,” examines the purposes of the 21st Amendment by analyzing the social, political and legislative events of the era and measures these purposes against the actual effects. Specifically, his essay notes the 21st Amendment’s purpose “to wrest from the federal government and to give back to the states the power to regulate alcohol and … to alleviate some of the negative social consequences that Prohibition had wrought on America.”

Adegunle’s essay concludes that the 21st Amendment is a success, stating:

It repealed a good-spirited, but misguided law and gave the states the power to regulate a mostly local issue. Ultimately, before the passage of the 21st Amendment the federal government was not within its proper limits. The federal government was regulating a mostly local issue with police powers completely unenvisioned by the Founders. However, the 21st Amendment changed this, it recalibrated the constitutional balance in an important area of commerce, and it had the positive derivative effect of reducing alcohol crimes.

“The history of our nation’s abuses with alcohol leading up to national Prohibition is critical to understanding the state-based alcohol regulatory system that was put in place following Prohibition’s repeal and the passage of the 21st Amendment,” said CAP Advisory Council member and Samford University Cumberland School of Law Professor Brannon Denning. “This year’s essay contest gave citizens from across the country the opportunity to study our nation’s alcohol policies and examine their impact.”

Joseph Ojih, a professor at Stratford University, was awarded second place for his essay, “Attractions and Merits: Making the Case for the 21st Amendment,” which argues that, in terms of crime reduction, tax revenue generation and the protection of the citizens’ freedom of choice, the 21st Amendment can be considered a success.

Craig Childs, a financial analyst from Virginia, was awarded third place for his essay, “The Twenty-First Amendment: A Lesson in Responsible Lawmaking and Governance,” which illustrates the continued benefits of the 21st Amendment by highlighting the unintended consequences that plagued the Prohibition era; the benefits of the current three-tier alcohol distribution system and the effects of deregulation in the United Kingdom; and the potential impacts to the United States.

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

To read the winning essays, 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.


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