Why Alcohol Laws Help Protect the Consumer

The federal, state, and contractual system of alcohol regulation from origin through final sale to consumer is a system that has greatly served the American consumer.  From its prohibition on vertical integration and the 13,000 labels of beer available in the United States, to the prevention of grey and black markets, it’s a system that works to balance competition and regulation.

The National Alcohol Beverage Control Administration (NABCA) holds a continuing legal education (CLE) conference every year. Last year, National Beer Wholesalers Association Senior Vice President and General Counsel Paul Pisano moderated a panel with state and federal regulators and public health officials which discussed global issues and crisis facing food and toy safety;  problems with alcohol overseas; and how the state-based system of alcohol regulation helps keep the American consumer safe.  The PowerPoint from the panel discussion can be seen here.

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