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Deadline Approaches for Center for Alcohol Policy Essay Contest

ALEXANDRIA, VA – December 19, 2011, is the deadline for submissions to the Center for Alcohol Policy (CAP) Fourth Annual Essay Contest.  The topic of this year’s contest is “The Importance of Toward Liquor Control to Modern Alcohol Policy.”

WHO CAN ENTER:  The contest is open to all persons over the age of 18.  Students, academics, practicing attorneys, policymakers and members of the general public are encouraged to submit essays.

HOW TO ENTER:  Papers may be emailed to or sent as a hard copy to:  Center for Alcohol Policy; Attn: Essay Contest; 1101 King St, Suite 600-A; Alexandria, VA  22314

DEADLINE:  The deadline for entries is December 19, 2011.  Winners will be announced in early 2012.

AWARDS:  Cash prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners in the amounts of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000 respectively.

Toward Liquor Control is the result of a study commissioned by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. in 1933, which provided a blueprint for states to follow when determining their alcohol regulatory systems following Prohibition.  The CAP has republished Toward Liquor Control 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.  Essay writers are invited to provide their insights on how many of the issues addressed in Toward Liquor Control still face policymakers today.

The book Toward Liquor Control can be purchased online at  It is also available as an iBook through Apple’s iBookstore, a NOOK book from Barnes and Noble and as a Kindle edition.

“State-based alcohol regulation is an important element of the local landscape in every community across the country,” said CAP Advisory Council member and Samford University Cumberland School of Law Professor Brannon Denning.  “The CAP Essay Contest is intended to foster debate, analysis and examination of state alcohol regulation and its implications for citizens across the United States.”

To read entry rules, essay guidelines and last year’s winning essays, please visit

For more information, please visit or call (703) 519-3090.


 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