Action Alert: Urge your Legislators to Back

the STOP Underage Drinking Act



On February 16, the “Sober Truth on Preventing (STOP) Underage Drinking Act” was re-introduced in Congress. This bill (S. 408 in the Senate/H.R. 864 in the House) represents an important first step in developing a national response to the devastating public health and safety problem of underage drinking.  For details on the bill, click here.

We've listed the original co-sponsors on this page (lower right column).  If your legislator is on the list, please send them an email thanking them for showing leadership!  They need to know that their position is supported by constituents, and they will appreciate your praise.



Adapt the text below, personalizing it as you see fit,
and send it to your Senators and Representative
via e-mail or the web.

Follow these links to look up your legislators’ email or webform addresses:
In the Senate, click here.
In the House, click here.


Sample Letter:

Dear Senator/Representative,

Hardly a day goes by without another problem related to underage drinking arising in our schools, homes, and communities.  It’s hard to miss the fact that alcohol is the number one drug of choice for young people in [STATE or COUNTY] and nationwide, and the effects are dangerous, widespread, and unrelenting.  In [STATE or COUNTY], we are struggling with how to respond to this complex issue.  Meanwhile, the underage drinking parties continue, alcohol-fueled vehicle crashes cause more tragedies, and more young people start drinking every day.

[Please insert any relevant stories or statistics from your home state or district.  It is important to put this issue in the “backyard” of the legislator, so they have to pay attention to it.]

We need federal leadership on this issue and we need it soon.  That is why I am pleased to see that there is a modest effort to address the massive underage drinking problem in this country.  The bi-partisan STOP Underage Drinking Prevention Act (S. 408/H.R. 864) was recently introduced by Senators DeWine and Dodd, and by Representatives Roybal-Allard, Wolf, Wamp, Osborne, and DeLauro.  It is an important start and deserves your support.

Please co-sponsor this modest bill and work for even tougher measures to address this serious youth health and safety issue.

I appreciate your consideration and will look forward to hearing from you about your decision to support this legislation.

Full Address




Updated February 24, 2005


Related Links:

Text of S.408 [PDF]

Text of H.R. 864 [PDF]

CSPI Statement on the Re-introduction of the STOP Act

CSPI Talking Points [PDF]

CSPI Fact Sheets on Youth and Alcohol

Other Links:

Sen. Dodd Floor Statement [PDF]

Sen. Dewine Press Release

Rep. Roybal-Allard Press Release [PDF]

Rep. Osbourne Press Release [PDF]

Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth


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STOP Underage Drinking Act Co-sponsors


Senate Co-sponsors:

Sen. Dewine (R-OH)

Sen. Dodd (D-CT)

Sen. Hagel (R-NE)

Sen. Warner (R-VA)

Sen. Lieberman (D-CT)

Sen. Lautenberg (D-NJ)

Sen. Landrieu (D-LA)

Sen. Corzine (D-NJ)

Sen. Jeffords (I-VT)

Sen. Salazar (D-CO)


House Co-sponsors:

Rep. Roybal-Allard (D-CA)

Rep. Wolf (R-VA)

Rep. Wamp (R-TN)

Rep. DeLauro (D-CT)

Rep. Osborne (R-NE)

Rep. Van Hollen (D-MD)
Rep. Napolitano (D-CA)

Rep. George Miller (D-CA)

Rep. Waxman (D-CA)

Rep. Case (D-HI)

Rep. Jones (OH)

Rep. Frank (D-MA)

Rep. Capuano (D-MA)

Rep. Cardoza (D-CA)

Rep. Moran (D-VA)

Rep. Sanders (I-VT)

Rep. Platts (R-PA)

Rep. Jo Ann Davis (R-VA)

Rep. Bono (R-CA)

Rep. Grijalva (D-AZ)


CSPI applauds the dedication of these sponsors.

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