Two Upcoming Reports to Congress

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Two Key Reports to Congress on Underage Drinking

Due Out Next Week


On Wednesday, September 10, 2003, the National Academy of Sciences will deliver a report to Congress on "A National Strategy to Reduce and Prevent Underage Drinking."  This unprecedented report may offer a first-ever attempt to develop a comprehensive, science-based national strategy to combat the nation's number one youth drug problem.  Its release represents an historic opportunity to put underage drinking on the national public health and policy agenda, and end decades of complacency about America's number-one youth drug problem.


See:  CSPI's Background and Talking Points on the NAS Report


The day before, on Tuesday, September 9, 2003, the Advertising Practices Division of the Consumer Protection Bureau of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is expected to issue its report to Congress examining: 1) the impact of liquor-branded "alcopop" advertising on underage consumers; and 2) the effectiveness of industry voluntary advertising codes in avoiding underage audiences.  This report is in response to Congressional concern about youth exposure to alcohol advertising and the marketing of new products designed specifically to appeal to youth tastes.


FTC Report-Related Coverage in CSPI's Washington Report:

May 2003

March 2003


Stay tuned for further details and analysis of both reports' content, as well as an action alert calling for a Congressional hearing and legislative action to implement some of the report's recommendations.  We urge national, state, and local organizations to prepare and issue press statements calling for Congressional action on the NAS' long-overdue national roadmap for reducing underage drinking and its widespread harms.


September 4, 2003

Related Links:

NAS Report Background

NAS Report Talking Points


FTC Report-Related Coverage in CSPI's Washington Report:

May 2003

March 2003


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