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CPAP Letter Sent to all Members of Congress:




January 17, 2003                                                         


Washington, DC


Dear Senator/Representative;                                                                               


As a coalition of organizations concerned with public health, fiscal responsibility, and the well being of young people and families, we strongly oppose any reduction in federal excise taxes on alcoholic beverages.  We urge you to reject alcoholic-beverage industry appeals to include such cuts in any new tax proposals under consideration in the 108th Congress, and to refrain from co-sponsoring any legislation that would reduce alcohol taxes.


Reducing federal excise taxes on beer, liquor, and wine is bad fiscal and public health policy, which would only add to budget deficits and threaten the health and safety of Americans: Cheaper alcohol would contribute to increased underage and heavy drinking.

Lower alcohol taxes would only add to the deficit, cater to a prosperous industry, reward and encourage heavy drinking, and attract more young drinkers.  Please reject industry appeals to lower federal excise taxes on alcoholic beverages.




Stacia Murphy, President

National Council on

Alcoholism and Drug Dependence

George A. Hacker, Director

Alcohol Policies Project

Center for Science in the Public Interest


On behalf of:





Alcohol Policy Network (Berkeley, CA)

American College of Preventive Medicine

American Public Health Association

American School Health Association

California Association of Addiction Recovery Resources

California Council on Alcohol Policy

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America/Drug-Free Kids Campaign

Consumer Federation of America

General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church

LGBT Coalition (Ventura City, CA)

Montgomery Country Public Schools Safe and Drug-Free Schools Advisory Council

National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners

National Families in Action

National Latino Council on Alcohol and Tobacco Prevention

New Futures (Portsmouth, NH)

New Mexico Alcohol Issues Consortium

North City Prevention Coalition (San Diego, CA)

Ohio Parents for Drug Free Youth

Pennsylvanians Concerned About Alcohol Problems (Harrisburg, PA)

The Honorable William Hathaway, former U.S. Senator

San Diego Youth Council

San Diego County Policy Panel on Youth Access to Alcohol

Security on Campus, Inc.

Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission

Urban Family Council (Philadelphia, PA/New York, NY)

Ventura County Rainbow Alliance (Ventura, CA)

Womenís Christian Temperance Union

Youth Leadership Institute


Alcohol Policies Project