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About the Alcohol Policy Information System (APIS)
The Alcohol Policy Information System (APIS) provides user-searchable access to authoritative, detailed, and comparable information on alcohol-related policies in the United States, at both State and Federal levels.  Designed primarily as a tool for researchers, APIS is intended to encourage and facilitate research on the effects and effectiveness of alcohol-related policies.
The alcohol-related topics covered by APIS are drawn from the Alcohol Policy Taxonomy.  Thirty-five specific policies falling under the following policy topic areas have been researched and are currently posted in the APIS Policy Topics section of the APIS Web site:
  • Alcoholic beverage control
  • Taxation and pricing
  • Transportation, crime, and public safety 
  • Health care services and financing
  • Alcohol and pregnancy

These areas of alcohol-related policy are described further in the Alcohol Policy Taxonomy.

APIS provides information on alcohol-related policies in several formats and at several levels of detail:
This section of the APIS Web site provides the following information on each policy topic: a brief narrative description; a list of definitions (if necessary); a summary of relevant Federal law (if any); tables comparing policies on that topic across jurisdictions (as of a particular date and/or over a period of time specified by the user); a brief explanation of variables used in creating these tables; notes explaining the limitations of the information provided; charts and maps; relevant statutory and regulatory citations; and references to selected Federal publications.  All tables may be downloaded in a format suitable for many spreadsheet and statistical programs.
This section of the APIS Web site provides numerous supplemental materials and resources useful to researchers and others interested in alcohol policy.
The material on the APIS Website is not intended as legal advice and is not a substitute for the services of a practicing attorney. Those in need of information about the application of law to their circumstances are encouraged to consult a qualified attorney.
This Web site is updated from time to time to add new material, enhance functionality, and clarify or correct information already available on the site. A list of changes is available on the Change Log page.
APIS has been developed by The CDM Group, Inc., under contract to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (Contract No. HHSN275201300002C). The Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation is a major subcontractor. The following individuals are responsible for directing the development of APIS.
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Mike Hilton, Ph.D.
Contracting Officer's Representative
Gregory Bloss, M.A.
Program Director for Policy Studies (original APIS Project Officer)


The CDM Group, Inc.

Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation

Kathryn Herron-Venancio
Executive Project Director

Sue Thomas, Ph. D.
Senior Research Scientist; Director, PIRE-Santa Cruz

Jonathan Schuler, J.D.
Project Director


Michael Klitzner, Ph.D.
Senior Social Scientist


Jaime Bonilla, M.S.
IT Manager


APIS has built on and benefited from work initiated by the University of Minnesota's Alcohol Epidemiology Program, under the direction of Prof. Alexander C. Wagenaar, with funding from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). APIS has also benefited from the contributions of many other individuals, including James Mosher, J.D. and staff members at NIAAA, The CDM Group, Inc., Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, and UrbanPlanet, LLC, as well as many expert consultants with academic or other research affiliations.
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