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Our agenda will include pre-conference institutes, plenary sessions, and concurrent sessions (posters, workshops, and panels) based on an open call for proposals and recommendations from advisers.

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Wednesday, April 3 Thursday, April 4 Friday, April 5
Posters + continental breakfast
Posters + continental breakfast
Preconference Institutes
Regulating alcohol industry marketing practices
Alcohol is a global enterprise and recent consolidation means that it is controlled by a decreasing number of expanding multi-nationals. Alcohol companies are able to allocate significant resources to researching consumer preferences, developing new products and promoting them on an international level. Recent years have seen a growth in the value that youth culture attaches to brand labels and symbols and a move away from the healthy-living ethos. The alcohol industry's response to these trends has been to design alcoholic beverages that appeal to young people, using well-informed and precisely targeted marketing strategies. [Addiction. 2000 Dec;95 Suppl 4:S597-608. Marketing alcohol to young people: implications for industry regulation and research policy. Jackson MC, Hastings G, Wheeler C, Eadie D, Mackintosh AM.]

Pricing alcohol to offset social costs
Federal and state excise taxes on alcoholic beverages have declined sharply in real value over the last 50 years. The result is cheaper alcohol, more (drinking), and more alcohol-related problems of all sorts than would otherwise have occurred. Frequently voiced concerns that such taxes are regressive, or that they penalize the majority who drink moderately and safely, are off base. An increase in the federal alcohol taxes could provide almost everyone but the heaviest drinkers with a net financial gain even if there were no behavioral effects; the evidence that there are behavioral effects that improve health and safety is an important bonus. In a sense, alcohol taxes are the proverbial free lunch. [Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. 2008 Vol 1 No 1 Article 2. A Free Lunch. Cook, Philip J.]

Concurrent sessions 23-27
Concurrent sessions 13-17
Looking to the future
What might we attain through concerted action, at local, state/regional, and international levels? What lessons can we learn from history? What are the major governmental and non-governmental initiatives on the horizon to help achieve a safer and healthier environment? What avenues have we for achieving more positive outcomes?
Call to order + welcome - Rebecca Ramirez
Luncheon served

The role of public health in preventing excessive drinking - Tom Frieden
Closing remarks -
David Jernigan

Meeting adjourns
Global perspectives on the status of alcohol policy
Alcohol consumption is a significant contributor to the global burden of disease. Alcohol sales and service impact public health and safety. As a legally marketed and consumed product, alcohol is subject to public policy control. Publicly-sanctioned control measures can influence the product itself -- packaging, promotion, price, and place of sales and service. How are we addressing the burdens occasioned by the potential for alcohol-related harm?
Concurrent sessions 18-22
Concurrent sessions 1-6
Alcohol availability: State and local initiatives
In the USA, state governments have prime responsibility for alcohol control under the 21st amendment to the US Constitution. Many states share that responsibility with local subdivisions and municipalities. Communities can enforce regulations to mitigate alcohol sales to underage customers and obviously intoxicated customers, as well as enforcing impaired driving and public intoxication laws. Through zoning and land-use powers applicable to retailers (restaurants, bars, grocers, mini-marts, and liquor stores), localities can also  regulate alcohol sales and service in order to promote public health and safety.
Policies for reducing harms to others
Alcohol-related harm translates to a host of adverse social, family, and individual consequences. Coordinated strategies that address alcohol availability, alcohol policy enforcement, and drinking norms can help communities protect from the harms of high-risk drinking.
Concurrent sessions
Dinner and evening on your own

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