Policy and Prevention: How COVID Changed Alcohol Policy

Recording - Policy and Prevention: How COVID Changed Alcohol Policy



This 90-minute webinar will focus on the changing landscape of alcohol policies since the beginning of the COVID pandemic. The webinar will discuss the policy changes, the impact of COVID on excessive drinking behaviors, and the data available to understand these shifts. Additionally, the webinar will explore how and why these policies harm communities and youth. The presenter will discuss how to reverse or change COVID era policies and working with community members to bring about change.



  • Review alcohol landscape pre-COVID
  • Discuss the rapid policy changes during COVID asking for participant examples
  • Share data showing impact of COVID on excessive drinking and alcohol-related mortality
  • Explain the 3-Tier System and proposals that are breaking that system down


This is a 3-part webinar series. Register now for the upcoming session or listen to the recordings using the links below.

June 15, RECORDING: Policy and Prevention: Understanding Effective Alcohol Policy Strategies

June 22, RECORDING: How COVID Changed Alcohol Policy

June 29, RECORDING: Demystifying Alcohol Policy Strategies: Planning and Implementation



Maureen Busalacchi

Maureen Busalacchi, is currently the Director of the Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project (WisAPP) at the Medical College of Wisconsin Comprehensive Injury Center. She has had decades of experience in public health policy and systems change as she ran Smoke-Free Wisconsin and lead successful smoke-free air and tobacco tax campaigns. She also chaired the State Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs (SCAODA) ad-hoc committee which rolled out the report on how to reduce excessive drinking in Wisconsin earlier this year. She currently is co-chair of Wisconsin Public Health Association (WPHA) Public Affairs Committee. Maureen is a frequent presenter at state and national conferences on advocacy, systems change and public health issues.  Recently, she served at the Advancing a Healthier Endowment at MCW as a program manager advising in policy and systems change applicants and over 45 grantees. She served as an advisor to the Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Institute and WI Initiative to Promote Healthy Lifestyles (WIPHL), and a mentor for the Wisconsin Women’s Policy Institute. She has served on a city council and president of her children’s PTO and neighborhood association. She lives in Madison with her husband, daughters, dogs, and a large bird.

June 23, 2023
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