Alcohol Control Policies and Public Opinion

There is a complex relationship between alcohol consumption, alcohol-related harms and public opinion on control measures. Public opinion provides some legitimacy for alcohol control policies and favorable or opposing opinions may either help to sustain policies or lead to them being rescinded. The United States shifted from primarily federal-based alcohol regulation to state-based regulation after the repeal of Federal Prohibition in 1933. Following that historic event, alcohol policies became a reflection of each state’s distinctive culture and characteristics. Yet, there is some evidence to suggest that support or opposition to alcohol policies appears to have been based on a misunderstanding of their impacts, resulting in some people changing their opinions after experiencing the policy change.

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