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Alcohol Policy Information System (APIS)

The Alcohol Policy Information System (APIS) provides user-searchable access to authoritative, detailed, and comparable information on alcohol-related policies in the United States, at both State and Federal levels.  Designed primarily as a tool for researchers, APIS is intended to encourage and facilitate research on the effects and effectiveness of alcohol-related policies.

The alcohol-related topics covered by APIS are drawn from the Alcohol Policy Classification System.  Thirty-three specific policies falling under the following policy topic areas have been researched and are currently posted in the APIS Policy Topics section of the APIS Web site:
  • Alcoholic beverage control
  • Taxation and pricing
  • Transportation, crime, and public safety 
  • Health care services and financing
  • Alcohol and pregnancy

These areas of alcohol-related policy are described further in the Alcohol Policy Classification System.


APIS provides information on alcohol-related policies in several formats and at several levels of detail:
This section of the APIS Web site provides the following information on each policy topic: a brief narrative description; a list of definitions (if necessary); a summary of relevant Federal law (if any); tables comparing policies on that topic across jurisdictions (as of a particular date and/or over a period of time specified by the user); a brief explanation of variables used in creating these tables; notes explaining the limitations of the information provided; charts and maps; relevant statutory and regulatory citations; and references to selected Federal publications.  All tables may be downloaded in a format suitable for many spreadsheet and statistical programs.
This section of the APIS Web site provides information on alcohol-related bills and regulations enacted or adopted in the United States (at both State and Federal levels), in 2002 and 2003.  Information on years after 2003 is not provided; it was suspended due to financial cost.  For 2002, coverage includes all bills and regulations; a brief narrative summary of the bill or regulation; the full text of that bill or regulation; and the full text of statutory or regulatory codes(s) as amended by that bill or regulation.  For 2003, coverage is limited to bills and does not include the full text of amended statutes.  Coverage for additional years is not currently being added. All enacted bills and adopted regulations are assigned to one or more alcohol-related policy areas (using the Alcohol Policy Classification System developed for APIS).  Users may search for bills and/or regulations by jurisdiction, year, alcohol policy area(s), other dimensions, and words appearing in the full text.
The material on the APIS Website is not intended as legal advice and is not a substitute for the services of a practicing attorney. Those in need of information about the application of law to their circumstances are encouraged to consult a qualified attorney.
This Web site is updated from time to time to add new material, enhance functionality, and clarify or correct information already available on the site. A list of changes is available on the web site Change Log page.
Suggestions from researchers and others are welcome, as is information on any problems that site users may encounter while using the APIS Web site. Please see the Contact APIS Web page for contact information. 
APIS has been developed by The CDM Group, Inc., under contract to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (Contract No. HHSN267200800007C). Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation and UrbanPlanet, LLC, are major subcontractors. The following individuals are responsible for directing the development of APIS.
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Mike Hilton, Ph.D.
Project Officer
Gregory Bloss, M.A.
Alternate Project Officer


The CDM Group, Inc. Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation UrbanPlanet, LLC
Rose Urban, M.S.W., J.D., LCSW, CCAS, CSAC
Project Director
Sue Thomas, Ph. D.
Senior Policy Analyst
Charles Weed
Project Manager
James Mosher, J.D.
Senior Policy Advisor
  Jarrin Jambik
IT Manager
Michael Klitzner, Ph.D.
Senior Social Scientist
Jonathan Schuler, J.D.
Lead Research Attorney


APIS has built on and benefited from work initiated by the University of Minnesota's Alcohol Epidemiology Program, under the direction of Prof. Alexander C. Wagenaar, with funding from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). APIS has also benefited from the contributions of many other individuals, including staff members at NIAAA, The CDM Group, Inc., Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, and Urban Planet, as well as many expert consultants with academic or other research affiliations.
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