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Center for Alcohol Policy’s Second Annual Essay Contest Garners Entries from around the World

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Second Annual Center for Alcohol Policy (CAP) Essay Contest has expanded on the success of last year’s inaugural contest with entries from California to Connecticut and several other countries as well.  The deadline for submissions was November 18.

The Essay Contest is intended to foster debate, analysis and examination of state alcohol regulation.  The theme of this year’s contest was: “State regulation of alcohol is important because…”  The essays could focus on any aspect of state alcohol regulation including legal analysis, law enforcement perspective, tax collection, public health and other relevant topics.

“For more than 75 years, alcohol has been effectively regulated in the U.S. by a state-based system of alcohol controls provided by the 21st Amendment,” said CAP Advisory Council member and Cumberland School of Law Professor Brannon Denning. “This year’s essay contest offers a unique opportunity to address the impact of state alcohol regulation on society and its role in protecting Americans in today’s environment.”

Alcohol is the only article of commerce subject to two constitutional amendments.  As society addresses problems like alcohol abuse including underage drinking and drunk driving, the debate about maintaining effective alcohol regulation is critical.  The Center for Alcohol Policy seeks to raise public awareness about the unique qualities and regulations of alcohol.

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

For essay contest rules, guidelines and last year’s winning essays, visit


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

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Center for Alcohol Policy
1101 King Street Ste 600-A Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 519-3090