Center for Alcohol Policy Announces 11th Annual Essay Contest

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The Center for Alcohol Policy is now accepting entries for its 11th Annual National Essay Contest. The topic for this year’s contest is:

The licensing of individuals and businesses that are involved in the commerce of alcoholic beverages is an important feature of state-based alcohol regulation. Why is licensing necessary for an orderly marketplace, what impact does it have on public health and safety and what are the benefits provided by licensing systems?

“The Center’s Essay Contest is intended to foster debate, analysis and examination of state alcohol regulation and its implications for citizens across the United States,” said Brannon Denning, Center for Alcohol Policy advisor and Samford University Cumberland School of Law professor.

“We can learn a lot from our nation’s history with alcohol, especially looking at the societal problems that led to national Prohibition and the public policy initiatives that were put in place following the passage of the 21st Amendment, which repealed Prohibition and began today’s system of state-based alcohol regulation,” Denning continued. “This essay contest offers the opportunity to continue the examination of how alcohol regulations remain relevant today.”

WHO CAN ENTER: The contest is open to all persons who are over the age of 18 as of December 2018. Students, academics, practicing attorneys, policymakers and the general public are encouraged to submit essays.

HOW TO ENTER: Essay submissions must be received by 5:30 p.m. EST on Dec. 7, 2018. Essays submitted after this deadline will not be considered. Entries may be submitted through this form.

DEADLINE: The deadline for entries is Dec. 7, 2018. Winners will be announced in early 2019.

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.

To read essay guidelines and last year’s winning essays, please visit the Center’s website. For more information, please email


The Center for Alcohol Policy is a 501c(3) organization whose mission is to educate policymakers, 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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