Special Journal: Health Status of American Indians & Alaska Natives


The September 2012 issue of The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse published a special edition focused exclusively on important issues surrounding alcohol and other substance use among American Indian and Alaska Native communities. The edition contains 24 papers based on research presented at the conference “Building Bridges: Advancing American Indian/Alaska Native Substance Abuse Research: A State of the Science and Grant Development Workshop,” sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, in collaboration with the National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). To see the full table of contents of the edition, click here.

SAFE-MA Honors Leaders & Advocates for Alcohol Ad Ban Victory


Supporting an Alcohol Ad-Free Environment in Massachusetts (SAFE-MA) sponsored a celebration this week to honor State Secretary of Transportation Richard Davey, former Governor Michael Dukakis and his wife Kitty, and the Allston-Brighton Substance Abuse Task Force youth coalition for their roles in banning alcohol advertisements from public transit. The SAFE-MA collaborative worked for years to ban alcohol advertisements from the MBTA, and their efforts succeeded with a ban that took effect in July 2012. In the coming year, AJ will continue working with SAFE-MA to pass a ban on alcohol ads on all state property in Massachusetts. Click here for more information on alcohol advertising on public transit.

Take Action: Tell Federal Govt. to Increase Alcohol Taxes


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Did you know that since 1991, the Big Alcohol lobby has cost the U.S. $57 billion in revenue?  Or that an alcohol tax increase could fill nearly 12% of the President's revenue portion of the nation's ten-year deficit reduction goal? It's time to tell our national leaders to hold Big Alcohol accountable and get them to pay their fair share to help reduce the deficit. The fiscal catastrophe of alcohol-related harm will be reversed with a per-drink tax increase of 10 cents on spirits, 15 cents on beer, and 18 cents on wine. Alcohol is unlike other products because consuming it causes great harm to the general public and great costs to government. Click here to tell our federal officials now that alcohol taxes should be increased to reimburse government for part of the cost of alcohol-related health and public safety services. Read more of Alcohol Justice's new policy brief on alcohol taxes here.
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Harrisburg, PA Considers Charge for Harm


Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Mayor Linda Thompson has asked lawmakers to pass a bill that would allow cities and municipalities to impose a 10% tax on alcohol. The plan was originally proposed by a task force as a way to close Harrisburg’s growing budget gap. The tax would help offset the city’s immense law enforcement costs associated with alcohol use. "Our police officers are often called out for DUIs and disturbances after night clubs let out. And that can wrack up a police budget that way into overtime we normally don't anticipate," Thompson said. A bill to allow cities and municipalities to tax alcohol is expected to be introduced in Pennsylvania within the next few months.