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Center for Alcohol Policy Educational Video Honored by National Publication

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Center for Alcohol Policy’s educational video, The Origin of Today’s Alcohol Regulatory System, has been honored with a silver award in the TRENDS All Media Contest in the “CD, Video, Podcast or PSA” category. The award was presented this week at the TRENDS 2014 Salute to Association Excellence in Washington, D.C.

Association TRENDS is the national newspaper for association executives and suppliers, spotlighting the latest news, information and trends in association management. The annual TRENDS All Media Contest recognizes excellence in communications by national, regional, state and local associations and nonprofits.

The Center’s award-winning video features Center for Alcohol Policy advisors Brannon Denning, professor at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law, and Jerry Oliver, Sr., former Arizona alcohol regulator and chief of police for Detroit, Richmond and Pasadena.

“The video is a valuable educational tool that explains the origin of America’s state-based alcohol regulatory system, which today works to balance alcohol control with an orderly and competitive marketplace, benefiting all Americans,” said Denning.

The video highlights the Center’s republication of the book Toward Liquor Control, which outlined how states could regulate the alcohol industry and safely sell and serve alcohol following the repeal of Prohibition, and how the book is still helping shape policy today. The video also contrasts the effective American regulatory system with the United Kingdom, which has deregulated alcohol over several decades and now faces myriad alcohol-related problems as a result.

“It gives the tenets for why alcohol should be controlled at the local level, why states and local jurisdiction are to have the final say as to how alcohol is accessed and how it’s distributed,” said Oliver.

“It’s clear that what’s acceptable in Nevada isn’t necessarily acceptable in Utah,” added Denning. “The 21st Amendment and the flexibility of state-based regulation allows those local differences to be taken into account.”

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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 or follow the Center on Twitter at






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