Unraveling the Mystery of U.S. Alcohol Regulations


Pacific Southwest PTTC's Unraveling the Mystery of U.S. Alcohol Regulations


Webinar Date: December 15, 2021


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*This presentation and the information contained in it is proprietary information of Pam Erickson, and may not be adapted, modified, or disseminated without the prior written permission of Pam Erickson. This presentation is intended to be used by prevention professionals for learning purposes only. This presentation is not 508 compliant.


Webinar Overview and Objectives

This presentation aims to "demystify" alcohol regulation. Alcohol regulation is confusing to a lot of people—even regulators! A review of its history helps explain why we regulate the way we do including: why every state is a little different; “control" v. "license" systems; and a three-tier system. Also, the session will indicate how our systems control alcohol problems and point to credible research which confirms the efficacy of system measures. 

By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the history of alcohol in the United States before Prohibition and the problems which led to the 18th Amendment (Prohibition).
  • Explain the Post-Prohibition history including the importance of Toward Liquor Control (a research study) in developing state systems of alcohol regulation.
  • Describe the various systems states use to control alcohol problems: how they work and why they are important.
  • Identify research from credible sources which confirms the efficacy of our systems.



Community, tribal, jurisdiction, and state-level prevention practitioners and allied health partners and community members located in the Pacific Southwest states and jurisdictions of American Samoa, Arizona, California, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau.



Pam Erickson

Pam Erickson, President and CEO of Public Action Management, is a passionate leader on alcohol policy issues. Currently, she owns Public Action Management which operates an education campaign for a “Healthy Alcohol Marketplace.” From 1996 to 2003, she directed the Oregon Liquor Control Commission which included licensing, regulatory enforcement and operating Oregon’s distilled spirits business as a "control state". From 2003 to 2007, she worked at Oregon Partnership to direct statewide leadership and media campaigns to reduce underage drinking. Beginning in 2005, she developed the Campaign for a Healthy Alcohol Market, which is an education campaign designed to explain the purpose and objectives of alcohol regulation in simple terms. She has written several reports on deregulation in the United Kingdom and the US and produces a periodic report for policy makers called, “Issue Briefs.” These reports explain how deregulation can lead to increased social problems such as high rates of underage drinking, public order offenses and alcohol related disease. Pam has also served as an expert witness in key alcohol regulation cases in Kentucky, California, Indiana, and Michigan. Her educational materials and legal expert reports/affidavits are available free of charge at www.healthyalcoholmarket.com.


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