Center for Alcohol Policy Republishes Toward Liquor Control

Original Work on State Alcohol Regulation Returns to Circulation

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Center for Alcohol Policy (CAP) is excited to announce the republication of Raymond B. Fosdick’s and Albert L. Scott’s, Toward Liquor Control, which has been out of circulation for more than 50 years.

In 1933, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. commissioned Fosdick and Scott to study alcohol regulation and prepare America for the return of legal alcohol and its regulation following the passage of the 21st Amendment which ended Prohibition. They produced Toward Liquor Control, a work that still shapes alcohol policy in America to this day.

“The republication of Toward Liquor Control is an opportunity for today’s citizens to understand many of the origins of modern alcohol regulation in the United States,” said CAP Advisory Council member and former police chief and alcohol regulator Jerry Oliver.  “As Prohibition was coming to an end, this book was one of the key documents influencing how the country would deal with alcoholic beverages going forward.  Its content is just as important today as when it was written.”

John D. Rockefeller, Jr. notes in the foreword of the book, “If carefully laid plans of control are not made, the old evils against which prohibition was invoked can easily return.” The following report by Fosdick and Scott advised how to avoid returning to the corruptions of the pre-Prohibition era and provided the template for alcohol control policy that the states ultimately followed.

The CAP is republishing Toward Liquor Control with permission in order to provide those interested in effective state-based alcohol regulation with a historical perspective and an understanding of why the system remains important today.

Toward Liquor Control reminds readers of the challenges associated with alcohol, sales and consumption before Prohibition and how today’s state-based regulatory system was established to encourage responsible alcohol consumption and promote competition while maintaining public health and safety.

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The Center for Alcohol Policy is a 501c(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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