California Alcohol Policy Alliance

Mission, Platform & Principles

The California Alcohol Policy Alliance (CAPA) shall unite diverse organizations and communities in California to protect health and safety, and prevent alcohol-related harm through statewide action.

These are the core issues we now unite on, and others shall be developed. All issues will become specific advocacy and policy change action items.

  • Raise the price of alcohol through taxes and fees, supporting the “Charge for Harm” concept that the industry should pay for treatment, prevention and all other costs to government.
  • Limit alcohol advertising in all media, especially on government-controlled property and where children or targeted populations are exposed.
  • Make the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control effective, efficient, transparent, and accountable to public health and safety concerns of the community, and not to cater to industry profits and license expediency, through policies that reduce alcohol outlet density and increase funding for alcohol control,regulation, and enforcement.
  • Eliminate product lines (such as alcopops and malt liquors) oriented to underage youth and vulnerable or targeted populations.
  • Reduce the allowable blood alcohol content for drivers as “Point .05 Saves Lives”.
  • Improve labelling and out-of-home advertising of all alcohol products to ensure a) no marketing to youth, b) no indications of unsubstantiated health claims, c) display of alcohol content by volume and precentage, and d) display of harms.
Operating Principles
We shall form an ongoing, statewide alliance in support of a preventive alcohol policy agenda for the State of California. This is an organization-based alliance, but individuals will be encouraged to volunteer.

  • CAPA will lobby and take positions on legislation and regulatory reform as part of it’s work, including both direct lobbying and grassroots lobbying. However, a CAPA position does not require any organization to support that legislation or to lobby. CAPA, along with it’s coalition partners, will develop and support legislation based on the platform each year and each session. Regressive alcohol legislation and state policies will be opposed.
  • We shall maintain unity around our core principles of alcohol prevention and recovery, and reflect our respect for the diversity of communities, languages and voices at the state and local levels.
  • While Alcohol Justice will be the fiscal sponsor and initial organizing staff, we also recognize and encourage broad capacity building of organizations and agencies.
  • We shall organize city, county and state efforts for true power to the people. Neighborhoods and youth voices are needed to confront the combined power of the alcohol industry, which is led by global alcohol corporations,wholesalers, retailers and their advertising firms.
  • Issue Action Committees will be created to guide our policies, goals and campaigns.

CAPA Third Annual Summit Recap

"Better Together" Recognizes Prevention Heroes, Legislative Victories, and the Many Voices of Public Health

October 11th marked CAPA's third and most ambitious conference. Bringing together current members, future members, and representatives from state regulatory bodies, the summit promoted collaboration in the face of rising alcohol harms. READ MORE

Congratulations especially to our 2018 ALCOHOL PREVENTION HEROES: Los Angeles City Council Member Paul Koretz, Mother Jones reporter Stephanie Mencimer, IPS Regional Director Sarah Blanch, and the staff of Pueblo Y Salud. [Not to mention outgoing CAPA organizer Sara Cooley Broschart! --ed.]



victory for prevention

Thanks to your efforts, Gov. Brown has VETOED SB 905.

TAKE ACTION to thank the Governor for his decisive action to protect Californian lives.

California Legislative Positions

california Alcohol-related legislative activity in California, including bills and budget proposals.

CAPA had a 100% success rate on bills in 2018!

California Opioid Legislation

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ABC Connection

2017 February ABC Stakeholders Meeting

CAPA-ABC Quarterly Roundtable, July 2018, Orange County. Nearly fifty CAPA members from Southern California gathered with ABC leadership in Costa Mesa, CA, to discuss the implementation of AB 1221, which passed in 2017. Our Responsible Beverage Service (RBS) Expert Working Group presented its findings on best practices and we heard from ABC about its multiyear process to develop the mandatory statewide RBS training. Our next Quarterly Roundtable will be in January 2019 at ABC's headquarters in Sacramento.

CAPA is deeply concerned about the problems with California's Alcohol Beverage Control agency.
The Sacramento Bee: Number of California alcohol cops drops as industry grows


Mission & Platform

The California Alcohol Policy Alliance (CAPA) shall unite diverse organizations and communities in California to protect health and safety, and prevent alcohol-related harm through statewide action.

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CAPA Summit 2018 Archive


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Member Organizations

Alcohol Justice
Alcohol-Narcotic Education Foundation
ADAPT- San Ramon
Bay Area Community Resources
Behavioral Health Services, Inc.
CA Council on Alcohol Problems
Center for Human Development
Center for Open Recovery
Eden Youth and Family Center
Institute for Public Strategies
FASD Network of Southern CA
Friday Night Live Partnership
Koreatown Youth and Community Center
L.A. County Friday Night Live
L.A. Drug & Alcohol Policy Alliance
Laytonville Healthy Start
Lutheran Office of Public Policy – California
MFI Recovery Center
Mountain Communities Family Resource Center
Partnership for a Positive Pomona
Paso por Paso, Inc.
Project SAFER
Pueblo y Salud
Reach Out
San Marcos Prevention Coalition
San Rafael Alcohol & Drug Coalition
Santee Solutions
SAY San Diego
Saving Lives Drug & Alcohol Coalition
South Orange County Coalition
Tarzana Treatment Centers, Inc.
The Wall Las Memorias Project
UCEPP Social Model Recovery Systems
Women Against Gun Violence
Youth for Justice

Featured Publications



Science, Harms and Costs of Extending Bar Service Hours
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CAPA By the Numbers

CAPA has been busy this legislative season.  Now that the 2018 legislative year has come to a close, take a look at all the statewide action we've made happen. 
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