Deadline Nears to Win $5,000 for Alcohol Policy Essay

Just one month remains to submit entries to the Center for Alcohol Policy (CAP) for its Fifth Annual Essay Contest. The topic of this year’s contest is: “If a country were starting alcohol regulation from scratch, what regulatory framework would you advise it to create and why?”

The best essayist will receive $5,000.  The first runner up, $2,500, and the second runner up, $1,000.  Deadline for entries:  Dec. 14.

The contest is open to all persons over the age of 18.  Students, academics, practicing attorneys, policymakers and members of the general public are encouraged to submit essays.

Papers may be emailed to or sent as a hard copy to:  Center for Alcohol Policy; Attn: Essay Contest; 1101 King St., Suite 600-A; Alexandria, VA  22314

“In the United States, it’s important to look at the abuse of alcohol leading up to national Prohibition and the societal issues that arose during Prohibition in order to fully understand the state-based alcohol regulatory system put in place following passage of the 21st Amendment,” said CAP Advisory Council member and Samford University Cumberland School of Law Professor Brannon Denning.  “Other countries with different histories and cultures lack such an effective regulatory structure.”

The CAP Essay Contest is intended to foster debate, analysis and examination of state alcohol regulation and its implications for citizens across the United States.

To read entry rules, essay guidelines and last year’s winning essays, please visit

Center for Alcohol Policy is an affiliate of the National Beer Wholesalers Association.

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