Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America Praises Reps. Roybal-Allard, Wolf and DeLauro for Introduction of “STOP Underage Drinking Act”
(WASHINGTON)—Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) President & CEO Craig Wolf today praised three members of the House of Representatives for their leadership in addressing underage drinking with the introduction of the “Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking” (STOP) reauthorization act.
Introduced by Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (R-Calif.), Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (R-Conn.), the STOP Act reauthorization bill extends federal programs to combat underage drinking, provides grants for state and local agencies and non-profits to conduct education campaigns targeting young people, and provides for enhanced information and resource sharing among agencies at all levels.
“A coordinated approach to prevention, intervention, treatment, enforcement and research is key to making progress,” the bill states. It emphasizes that these programs, along with federal age-21 minimum drinking laws and underage-DUI enforcement laws have helped save over 28,000 lives since 1975 and developed a pattern of successfully combatting and reducing underage drinking.
The bill also clearly reaffirms that “Alcohol is a unique product and should be regulated differently than other products by states and the federal government. States have the primary authority to regulate alcohol distribution and sale, and the federal government should support and supplement these state efforts.”
The STOP Act reauthorization bill requires that the Secretary of Health and Human Services submit an annual report to Congress on the measurable results of federal agency activity to address underage drinking. The bill also requires that the Secretary submit to Congress a report on corresponding state efforts, and establishes a pilot uniform data system to ensure accurate measurement of underage drinking metrics and resources.
In addition, the STOP Act reauthorization bill funds national media campaigns to prevent underage drinking, and supports grant programs targeting community-based coalitions, higher education institutions, and pediatric health care providers. These grants will be used to develop locally-targeted underage drinking prevention programs.
WSWA President and CEO Craig Wolf said, “Reps. Roybal-Allard, Wolf and DeLauro deserve our appreciation and support for their efforts to craft this essential legislation.”
“The STOP Act reauthorization is supported by a broad industry coalition as well as health care providers, educators, state and local government officials because its programs have delivered proven results and helped stem the tide of underage drinking,” Wolf added. “The bill also underscores the long-held federal policy that alcohol is a unique product and should be regulated by those closest to it—at the state and local level, with federal support,” he said.
The bill is H.R. 498 and addresses Section 519B of the Public Health Service Act (42 USC 290bb-25b).
WSWA is a national trade association representing the wholesale tier of the wine and spirits industry. With more than 350 member companies nationwide, WSWA is the voice for wholesalers in Congress, the administration, the courts, with the news media and in communities across America.
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