December 15, 2021 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Virtual Event
Pacific Southwest Prevention Technology Transfer Center

Unraveling the Mystery of U.S. Alcohol Regulations

3:00pm – December 15, 2021 thru 4:00pm – December 15, 2021 | Timezone: US/Pacific
Hosted By: Pacific Southwest PTTC
Registration Deadline: December 15, 2021- REGISTER
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Webinar Overview and Objectives

This presentation aims to “demystify” alcohol regulation. Alcohol regulation is confusing to a lot of people—even regulators! A review of its history helps explain why we regulate the way we do including: why every state is a little different; “control” v. “license” systems; and a three-tier system. Also, the session will indicate how our systems control alcohol problems and point to credible research which confirms the efficacy of system measures.

By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the history of alcohol in the United States before Prohibition and the problems which led to the 18th Amendment (Prohibition).
  • Explain the Post-Prohibition history including the importance of Toward Liquor Control (a research study) in developing state systems of alcohol regulation.
  • Describe the various systems states use to control alcohol problems: how they work and why they are important.
  • Identify research from credible sources which confirms the efficacy of our systems.

Webinar Dates and Times

States and American Samoa
December 15, 2021       Time Zone
04:00 p.m. – 05:00 p.m. Arizona
03:00 p.m. – 04:00 p.m. Pacific
01:00 p.m. – 02:00 p.m. Hawaii
12:00 p.m. – 01:00 p.m. American Samoa

Pacific Jurisdictions
December 16, 2021       Time Zone
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Republic of the Marshall Islands
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Pohnpei and Kosrae
09:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Chuuk, and Yap
08:00 a.m. – 09:00 a.m. Republic of Palau
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Community, tribal, jurisdiction, and state-level substance misuse prevention practitioners and allied health partners located in the Pacific Southwest region, including American Samoa, Arizona, California, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada, Republic of Marshall Islands, and Republic of Palau.


Pam Erickson

Pam Erickson, President and CEO of Public Action Management, is a passionate leader on alcohol policy issues. Currently, she owns Public Action Management which operates an education campaign for a “Healthy Alcohol Marketplace.” From 1996 to 2003, she directed the Oregon Liquor Control Commission which included licensing, regulatory enforcement and operating Oregon’s distilled spirits business as a “control state”. From 2003 to 2007, she worked at Oregon Partnership to direct statewide leadership and media campaigns to reduce underage drinking. Beginning in 2005, she developed the Campaign for a Healthy Alcohol Market, which is an education campaign designed to explain the purpose and objectives of alcohol regulation in simple terms. She has written several reports on deregulation in the United Kingdom and the US and produces a periodic report for policy makers called, “Issue Briefs.” These reports explain how deregulation can lead to increased social problems such as high rates of underage drinking, public order offenses and alcohol related disease. Pam has also served as an expert witness in key alcohol regulation cases in Kentucky, California, Indiana, and Michigan. Her educational materials and legal expert reports/affidavits are available free of charge at

Certificates of Attendance

Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance for 1.0 hour for participating in the live event.


Register for the Webinar: Unraveling the Mystery of U.S. Alcohol Regulations

Cost is Free!


Please contact Karen Totten, for any questions related to registration. For any other questions, please contact Britany Wiele,

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