The following letter was sent to members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Coalition for the Prevention of Alcohol Problems
1220 L St., NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20005

June 27, 1997

RE: Request for Endorsement of H. Res. 171

Dear Representative:

The Federal Communications Commission has a duty to ensure that the nation's airwaves are operated in a manner which protects the public interest. The FCC is not fulfilling that duty.

While the FCC Chairman works to meet the Commission's duty, two Commissioners have blocked an inquiry to determine the FCC's role in protecting children from the potential flood of new alcohol ads on radio and television. As the Wall Street Journal reported this month, "Liquor companies already are laying the groundwork to expand the nation's current trickle of TV ads for spirits."

President Clinton, Attorney General Reno, 13 State Attorneys General, former Surgeon General Koop, and hundreds of public interest organizations, representing over 30 million Americans from every state, have all undertaken efforts to prevent the inevitable harm inflicted by liquor ads on television and radio. FCC Commissioners await guidance from Congress.

House Resolution 171 asks the FCC to gather facts related to issues raised by the advent of liquor advertising on radio and television. It does not threaten the First Amendment rights asserted by the liquor industry. We simply want an inquiry to establish necessary facts that will provide a reasoned and informed approach to an issue that is critical to the health and future of our children.

Please sign onto H. Res. 171. Your support on this issue is critical. We look forward to working with you on behalf of America's children.

Sincerely,

George Hacker
Director, Alcohol Policies
Center for Science in the Public Interest

Sarah Kayson
Director of Public Policy
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence

Co-Chairs: George Hacker, Center for Science in the Public Interest, (202) 332-9110, ext. 343
Sarah Kayson, National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, (202) 737-8122

Steering Committee: Susan Hildebrandt, American Academy of Family Physicians, (202) 232-9033
Elaine Holland, American Academy of Pediatrics, (202) 347-8600
Barbara Levine, American Public Health Association, (202) 789-5648
Bill McColl, National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors, (703) 741-7686
Maribeth Oakes, National PTA, (202) 289-6790
Jerald Scott, United Methodist Church, General Board of Church and Society, (202) 488-5600
Kathy McGinley, The ARC (202) 785-3388
William C. Dodson, Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, (202) 547-8105
Kathleen Sheehan, National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors, (202) 783-6868

Co-Signers
ACADA/ACAP Alliance, Burlington, NC
Action on Alcohol and Teens - A Citizens' Group, St. Paul, MN
Advocates for Children and Youth, Inc., Baltimore, MD
Alabama Citizens Action Program, Birmingham, AL
Alaska Attorney General Bruce Botelho, Juneau, AK
Alcohol Policy Network, Berkeley, CA
Alcohol Services, Inc., Syracuse, NY
Alliance for Youth, Inc., Great Falls, MT
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Washington, DC
American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders, Cambridge, MA
American College Health Association, Baltimore, MD
American College of Nurse-Midwives, Washington, DC
American College of Preventive Medicine, Washington, DC
American Council on Alcohol Problems, Bridgeton, MO
American Muslim Council, Washington, DC
American Public Health Association, Washington, DC
American Society of Addiction Medicine, Chevy Chase, MD
Back Associates I, L.L.C., Hershey, PA
Berkeley Media Studies Group, Berkeley, CA
Born Free of Mississippi, Inc., Jackson, MS
Bronce, Union City, CA
CAL LADCO, Oakland, CA
California Council on Alcohol Policy, Berkeley, CA
California Prevention Congress Committee, Hollister, CA
Campaign Against Drunk Driving, Clearwater Beach, FL
Campaign for Alcohol Free Kids, Ybor City, FL
Cape Counseling, Inc., Cape May Court House, NJ
'Cause Children Count Coalition, Inc., Washington, DC
Center for Media Education, Washington, DC
Center for Media Literacy, Los Angeles, CA
Center on Alcohol Advertising, Berkeley, CA
Central Lyon County Youth Coalition, Dayton, NV
Champions for a Drug Free Kentucky, Frankfort, KY
Children of Alcoholics Foundation, New York, NY
Committee For Children, Washington, DC
Commonwealth Prevention Alliance Saint Vincent College Prevention Projects, Latrobe, PA
Communities in Prevention, Central Project SABADO, Santa Ana, CA
Community Action Network, Newberry Park, CA
Community Prevention Coalition of Hennepin County, Minneapolis, MN
Connecticut Federation of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors, Inc., Norwalk, CT
Consumer Federation of America, Washington, DC
Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, Santa Barbara, CA
Cultural Environment Movement, Philadelphia, PA
Dauphin County RADAR Network, Harrisburg, PA
Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Center, Culver City, CA
Edina Chemical Awareness, Edina, MN
Family Counseling Service of Northern Nevada, Reno, NV
Fighting Back, Santa Barbara, CA
Gastineau Human Services Corporation, Juneau, AK
Greenville Family Partnership, Greenville, SC
Heartland Coalition for Youth and Families, Bloomington, IL
Independent State Store Union, Harrisburg, PA
Institute for Health Advocacy, San Diego, CA
Interfaith Prevention Program, Inc., Hayward, CA
International Commission for the Prevention of Alcoholism and Drug Dependency, Silver Spring, MD
"Just Say No" International, Oakland, CA
KEYT-TV, Santa Barbara, CA
La Salle University Alcohol and Other Drugs Program, Philadelphia, PA
Latino Council on Alcohol and Tobacco, Washington, DC
Local 372, D.C. 37, A.F.S.C.M.E., New York, NY
Logan County Public Health Department, Lincoln, IL
Loma Linda University Children's Hospital and Safe Kids, Loma Linda, CA
Long Island Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence, Inc, Williston Park, NY
Longview Drug Task Force, Longview, TX
Max A. Schneider, M.D., Inc., Education Division, Orange, CA
Mercer Council on Alcoholism and Drug Addiction, Trenton, NJ
Minnesota Attorney General Hubert Humphrey, III, St. Paul, MN
Missouri Advisory Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Jefferson City, MO
Montgomery County Community Partnership, Rockville, MD
Mt. Pleasant Counseling Services, Mt. Pleasant, MI
NCADD/Michigan, Lansing, MI
National Association For Better Broadcasting, Beverly Hills, CA
National Association For Public Health Policy, Reston, VA
National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors, Arlington, VA
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence of the San Fernando Valley, Van Nuys, CA
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Northern Jersey Area, Inc., Montclair, NJ
National Families in Action, Atlanta, GA
National Family Partnership, Saint Louis, MO
National Hispano/Latino Coalition, Espanola, NM
National Institute on Media and the Family, Minneapolis, MN
National Network for Youth, Washington, DC
National Organization for Victim' Assistance, Washington, DC
National Organization on Adolescent Pregnancy, Parenting and Prevention, Inc., Washington, DC
Nevada Association of State Alcohol and Drug Programs, Elko, NV
New Hampshire Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselor's Association, Manchester, NH
North Orange County ATOD Regional Advisory Board, Yorba Linda, CA
Northern Kentucky Prevention Information Network, Erlanger, KY
Northern Lights Recovery Center, Nome, AK
Oceanside Alcohol Trauma Prevention Project, Oceanside, CA
Ohio Public Health Association, Pataskala, OH
Onondaga Council on Alcoholism/Addictions, Inc., Syracuse, NY
Orange County Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Policy Council, Garden Grove, CA
Orland Township Youth Services, Orland Park, IL
(PCRM) Physicians' Committee for Responsible Medicine, Washington, DC
PRIDE of St. Tammany (Parents Resource Institute for Drug Education), Covington, LA
PSA 14 InTouch/Chestnut Health Systems, Bloomington, IL
Peninsula Health Concepts, San Mateo, CA
Pennsylvania Council on Alcohol Problems, Harrisburg, PA
Placentia Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Coalition, Fullerton, CA
Project OZ, Bloomington, IL
Prevention Coalition of Southeast Michigan (PREVCO), Southfield, MI
Racine Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse, Racine, WI
Regional Prevention Center, Mission, KS
Ridge House, Inc., Reno, NV
SADD - Michigan of Student Leadership Services, Warren, MI
SAFE CELEBRATION -- Bloomington/Normal Teens, Bloomington, IL
San Benito Substance Abuse Program, Hollister, CA
San Dieguito Alliance for Drug Free Youth, Del Mar, CA
San Francisco Medical Society, San Francisco, CA
Santa Cruz County Alcohol and Drug Program, Santa Cruz, CA
Scott Newman Center, Los Angeles, CA
Seneca County Community Counseling Center, Waterloo, NY
Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America, Silver Spring, MD
Sheridan House, Inc., Sheridan, WY
Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Nashville, TN
St. Vincent College Prevention Projects, Latrobe, PA
State of Nevada Commission on Substance Abuse Education, Prevention, Enforcement, and Treatment, Elko, NV
T.H.U.M.B.S.-U.P. Association, Akron, OH
Tangipahoa Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council - TADAC, Hammond, LA
Tennessee Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors, Memphis, TN
The Foundation For Prevention and Treatment of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Harrisburg, PA
The Arc, Washington, DC
The Marin Institute, San Rafael, CA
The Praxis Project, Oakland, CA
The United Methodist Church, Washington, DC
Trauma Foundation, Berkeley, CA
Vallejo Alcohol Policy Coalition, Vallejo, CA
Vallejo Fighting Back Partnership, Vallejo, CA
Ventura County California Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board, Ventura, CA
Victims Rights Political Action Committee, Washington, DC
Wisconsin Association on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse, Madison, WI
YMCA--Communities in Prevention-North, Placentia ATOD Coalition, Fullerton, CA