Action Alert: Support the STOP Underage Drinking Act (H.R.4888/S. 2718)
On Wednesday, July 21, Senators DeWine (R-OH) and Dodd (D-CT) and Representatives Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Wolf (R-VA), Wamp (R-TN), DeLauro (D-CT), and Osborne (R-NE) introduced the bi-partisan, bi-cameral “Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking Act,” or “STOP Underage Drinking Act” (H.R. 4888 in the House and S. 2718 in the Senate). Inspired by the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine’s September 2003 recommendations to Congress for a national strategy to prevent and reduce underage drinking (“Reducing Underage Drinking: A Collective Responsibility”), the bill represents a long-overdue acknowledgement of the need to begin addressing the many harms related to underage drinking.
What the “STOP Underage Drinking Act” Does:
The companion House and Senate bills include four areas of policy development.
Why It's Needed:
Alcohol is the leading drug problem among young people in the United States and underage drinking contributes to the deaths of 6.5 times more young people than all illicit drugs combined. The public health, safety, consumer protection, education, child and family welfare, and faith communities have fought for years to elevate underage drinking on the national public policy agenda. This bill represents an important first step in developing an effective national response to the devastating public health and safety problem of underage drinking.
Call, fax, or e-mail your Senators and Representative today and urge him/her to co-sponsor S. 2718 (Senate) and companion bill H.R. 4888 (House).
Here’s how to do it:.
1) Call your U.S. Representative’s Washington office. (If you don’t have the number, call 202-224-3121 and the Capitol Switchboard will connect you).
2) Ask to speak with the staff member who handles alcohol and/or health issues.
3) Whether you speak with a staffer or leave a message on his/her voice mail, your message is the same. Identify yourself as a constituent and ask that the Senator or Representative co-sponsor S. 2718 (Senate) and companion bill H.R. 4888 (House).
E-mail or Faxà
Some Members have e-mail addresses, while others prefer that you send your comments via their web site. Fax numbers are generally made public. To look up your Representative’s contact info, click here.
I urge Senator/Representative [Smith] to co-sponsor the bi-partisan STOP Underage Drinking Prevention Act, recently introduced by Senators DeWine and Dodd (S.2718) and by Representatives Roybal-Allard, Wolf, DeLauro, Wamp, and Osborne (H.R 4888). Alcohol plays a substantial role in the top three causes of teen death (traffic crashes, murder, and suicide) and costs the nation an estimated $53 billion per year. Despite its massive toll in dollars and lives, and while illicit drugs and tobacco youth prevention receive considerable attention and support, underage drinking prevention has consistently been neglected. Please support this modest bill and help promote real progress on this serious youth health and safety issue. I look forward to hearing your response and thank you for your consideration.
July 26, 2004
For more information, please contact:
Center for Science in the Public Interest
Alcohol Policies Project
1220 L St. NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-332-9110 * Fax: 202-265-4954 * Web: www.cspinet.org/booze