ALEXANDRIA, VA – This April, the Center for Alcohol Policy joins organizations across the country in recognizing Alcohol Awareness Month, a nationwide campaign 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 chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board and current member of the Center’s 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“The 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which repealed Prohibition in 1933 and established today’s system of state-based alcohol regulation, notes that alcohol is ‘intoxicating,’” Hall continued.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.”
The most recent report released by the Center for Alcohol Policy examines the history and purpose of tied-house prohibitions found in federal and state alcohol laws and explains how these prohibitions are as relevant today as when enacted following the repeal of Prohibition. The report, “The Dangers of Common Ownership in an Uncommon Industry: Alcohol Policy in America and the Timeless Relevance of Tied-House Restrictions,” was authored by former executive counsel for the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control and alcohol law attorney Jessica C. Starns.
The report explores the history of tied-house laws and the abuses of pre-Prohibition alcohol commerce that served as the catalyst for their adoption, as well as the orderly and competitive marketplace they helped create post-Prohibition. The report also investigates the marketplace dynamics that make these laws as essential today as they were in 1933. Tied-house prohibitions are laws and regulations that prevent a licensee in one tier of the alcohol beverage industry from having common ownership or financial ties to a licensee in another tier. (Suppliers and brewers are first-tier participants; distributors are second-tier participants; and retailers are third-tier participants in the three-tier system.) These measures, designed to prevent vertical integration in the alcohol beverage industry, are further supported by trade practice regulations that seek to limit other forms of influence that licensees of one tier can exert over licensees of another tier. These laws vary from state to state, as well as between the state and federal levels.
The report illustrates the conflict between the marketplace and public health issues America faced with alcohol pre-Prohibition, how alcohol control policies were formed by the states following Prohibition, and how the current alcohol regulatory system has worked to maintain a vibrant alcohol marketplace while at the same time addressing public health concerns.
Among the Center’s ongoing programs that highlight alcohol’s unique attributes and the need for its effective regulation is an annual alcohol law and policy conference. This brings together a wide range of experts in the field of alcohol law – including attorneys, current and former alcohol regulators, state legislators, academic thought leaders, public health advocates and other experts – to discuss and debate current alcohol laws and challenges. The Center’s 10th Annual Alcohol Law and Policy Conference will be held September 6 – 8, 2017, in Chicago, Illinois.
During the Center’s alcohol law and policy conference, the Fifth Annual Leadership in Alcohol Regulation Award will be presented. The award recognizes the work of alcohol regulators who oversee the alcohol industry and promote public safety. Nominations will be accepted until July 21, 2017.
Visit www.centerforalcoholpolicy.org to learn more about the Center’s programs and initiatives.
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.