Alcohol Policy 15

  Policies for Reducing Problems Associated With Alcohol Availability

The 15th in a series of conferences on the avoidance of alcohol-related problems using public policy strategies

Presentations with downloadable materials are indicated with a "New" on the individual Agenda pages (Click through Agenda) .

Sunday - Tuesday, December 5-7, 2010
Washington Marriott Wardman Park
Washington, DC, USA

The US federal administration has signaled a renewed interest in science and public health. Meanwhile, states and localities are facing increased demand for public services in the face of declining revenues. Evidence-based alcohol policy can reduce alcohol problems and resultant social costs, simultaneously generating revenue (alcohol excise taxes and other user fees) to promote public health and safety.

  Who should attend?

We welcome an anticipated attendance of up to 300 participants, including community-based practitioners, public officials, and researchers from across North America and beyond.

Conference goals and objectives

This 15th conference in the Alcohol Policy series will explore, develop, and advance public policy approaches to the prevention of alcohol problems in order to promote evidence-based strategies and to bring focus to the need for alcohol policy reform at all levels - local, regional, national, and international. Specific objectives are to:

1.   Strengthen the understanding of sound, evidence-based public policy in preventing and reducing alcohol-related problems.

2.   Illuminate policy-making processes at local, state, regional and national, and international levels.

3.   Influence international, national, regional, state and local agendas to consider rational alcohol policy, with an emphasis on offsetting the public costs of alcohol use.

4.   Expand the coalition of individuals, organizations and agencies committed to public policy approaches to the prevention of alcohol problems.

5.   Promote public discussion on specific alcohol policy issues, including sales, service, products, marketing, and other conditions of availability.


The alcohol policy conference series

This conference series has aided the development of a number of national and international initiatives, including national prevention policies (increase in minimum legal drinking age to 21; health warnings on alcoholic beverage containers; promotion of recommendations from a Surgeon General's workshop on impaired driving; articulation of Healthy People goals; decrease in blood alcohol limit for determination of driving while impaired; excise tax increase) and local actions (enforcement of laws pertaining to underage alcohol sales and possession; responsible sales and service practices; controls on alcohol availability at sports stadiums and during public events; and encouragement of faith-based initiatives).

From the outset in 1981, the Alcohol Policy conference has been a forum for researchers, community practitioners, and public officials to meet and exchange findings, explore evidence-based solutions, and consider adoption of policies aimed at minimizing risks associated with alcohol use. When held in conjunction with state and regional sponsors, e.g., South Carolina (1981, 1984, 1987, and 1994), California (1985, 2008), New York (1986), Michigan (1988), and Oregon (1990), AP conferences have served to spark collaborative prevention campaigns.

For a chronology of past conferences, please click here.

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  AP15 Cooperating Organizations are health and safety-related governmental agencies that underwrite scholarships, situate related meetings compatible with AP15, and, in other ways, enable select scientists, educators, state and local public officials, federal grantees, and other NGOs to participate in this conference. Cooperating Organization status implies neither sponsorship nor endorsement of AP15 content or speakers. AP15 organizers will confer Cooperating Organization status by formal invitations to government agencies that express interest in such designation.

AP15 Stakeholders are non-governmental organizations committed to public health and safety through research, education, and policy advocacy independent from alcohol producers, retailers, wholesalers and related social aspects organizations. On behalf of AP15 and the ongoing AP conference series, Stakeholders demonstrate their support for science-based strategies, including public policy consonant with the AP15 conference goal and objectives, in the form of scholarship underwriting, leadership services, pre-conference session sponsorship, reception co-hosting, and other direct or in-kind contributions. AP15 organizers will acknowledge Stakeholders in conference publicity and in the conference program book and anticipate that Stakeholders will continue as a nucleus to sustain the AP15 conference series. AP15 organizers will confer Stakeholder status by formal invitations to eligible organizations that express interest in such designation.



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