It is with great enthusiasm and honor that we welcome you to the nation’s capital for the Alcohol Policy 17 Conference, convened by the US Alcohol Policy Alliance. The US Alcohol Policy Alliance was organized in recent years by advocates across the country and is a coalition of state coalitions working on alcohol policy and independent of commercial interests. It is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization. On behalf of the US Alcohol Policy Alliance and the AP17 Planning Committee, we welcome you and know that you’ll find many reasons to attend AP17. And we’ll be glad you came.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has estimated that alcohol consumption caused 3.3 million deaths in 2012 – nearly 6 percent of all deaths worldwide. With a multitude of short- and long-term health risks associated with alcohol consumption (including alcohol poisoning, increased cancer risk, motor vehicle crashes, alcohol dependence and alcoholism, homicides, suicides, stillbirths, heart disease and stroke), communities are often desperate for effective measures to stem the tide. Alcohol Policy 17 seeks, in part, to bridge the gap between the evidence and action using rigorous alcohol policy research to inform effective responses at the community, state and national levels.
This labor of love called AP17 is complete when you join us in April of 2016. As our voices intersect around what works in alcohol policy research and practice, we build the fierce urgency of now in a movement that calls for each of us to create and sustain effective efforts: to start, to make it happen, to stay the course for generations to come.
The significance of convening such a conference cannot be overstated. AP17 is not only a gathering of a wide range of professionals committed to translating sound alcohol policy research into public health practice, but it is also an exhibition of unparalleled commitment. We’re confident that it is on the shoulders of that promise that change will happen in the United States and beyond.
David Jernigan, PhD
Additional Partners: Alcohol Research Group, Bosma Consulting, National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and North Carolina Alcohol Policy Alliance
Partner, stakeholder and supporter status implies neither sponsorship nor endorsement of AP17 content or speakers.