Center for Alcohol Policy Recognizes Role of 21st Amendment on Constitution Day

For 222 years, the U.S. Constitution has defined our rights, freedoms and laws. On September 17, 1787, 39 men signed their names on this document at Independence Hall in Philadelphia. The Center for Alcohol Policy (CAP) proudly remembers our founding fathers and honors their leadership, wisdom and foresight.

Today, alcohol is the only product that is the subject of two constitutional amendments – the 18th which established national Prohibition and the 21st which repealed Prohibition 13 years later and established today’s effective system of state-based alcohol regulation. As society addresses problems like alcohol abuse including underage drinking and drunk driving, the debate about maintaining effective alcohol regulation is critical.

It is in that spirit that the CAP is hosting its second annual national essay contest. The contest is intended to foster debate, analysis and examination of the effect of state alcohol regulation.

The theme of this year’s contest is: “State Regulation of Alcohol is Important Because…”

Essays can focus on any aspect of state alcohol regulation including legal analysis, law enforcement perspective, tax collection, public health and other relevant topics.  The top three winning entries will receive prizes of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000 respectively.

The deadline for submission is November 18, 2009, and winners will be announced in early December. For entry rules, essay guidelines and last year’s winning essays, please visit

“For more than 75 years, alcohol has been effectively regulated in the U.S. by a state regulatory system guaranteed by the 21st Amendment,” said CAP Advisory Council member and Cumberland School of Law Professor Brannon Denning. “This year’s essay contest is intended to highlight and explore how state regulation of alcohol under the 21st Amendment has worked.”

“As the nation debates causes of problems in areas ranging from financial services to food safety, this essay contest offers a unique opportunity to address the impact of state alcohol regulation on society and its role in protecting Americans,” Denning continued.

The Center for Alcohol Policy, funded by America’s beer distributors, seeks to raise public awareness on these unique qualities and regulations of alcohol.


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