State Alcohol Regulation Focus on Day One of Center for Alcohol Policy Alcohol Law Symposium

CHICAGO, IL – The Fourth Annual Center for Alcohol Policy (CAP) Alcohol Law Symposium kicked off Monday, September 12, with remarks by CAP Advisory Council member and former Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick Lynch. “This gathering is a key opportunity for state alcohol regulators, public health advocates, members of the alcohol beverage industry and others interested in alcohol policy issues to come together to learn and share ideas,” said Lynch.

Washington Attorney General and National Association of Attorneys General President Rob McKenna delivered a keynote address on the role state attorneys general (AGs) play in regulatory, law enforcement and public health functions.  He addressed the “unprecedented levels of youth exposure to alcohol marketing,” especially in today’s age of digital and social media.  He referenced studies that show exposure of young people to alcohol marketing can speed up the onset of drinking and increase the amount consumed by those already drinking.

“AGs have an obligation to protect our youngest citizens – as well as responsible businesses – from potentially-unfair marketing practices by some in the industry who place short term profits and market share over the lives of our young people and public health,” explained McKenna.  “That’s why AGs want to ensure a fair and level playing field for companies to compete.”

Alcohol regulators, law enforcement, a professor of alcoholic beverage law, public health advocates and alcohol law attorneys spoke on panels about topics including:

  • The Timeless Importance of Toward Liquor Control
  • Who are the Stakeholders in Alcohol Regulation?
  • Age Verification and Alcohol
  • Privatization of Alcohol Systems
  • Law Enforcement’s Role in Alcohol Regulation
  • Supreme Court and 21st Amendment Roundup

The Fourth Annual CAP Alcohol Law Symposium continues Tuesday, September 13, at The Hyatt Regency Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. More details on speakers, education session topics and the Symposium agenda can be found at

For live updates from the event, follow @AlcoholPolicy on Twitter using the hashtag #CAPLaw.


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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