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
5. Promote public discussion on specific alcohol policy
issues, including sales, service, products, marketing, and other conditions of
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.
AP15 Questions, concerns? Please contact Kathie Gorham.