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ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) yesterday applauded the U.S. Congress for voting to pass H.R. 864, the "Sober Truth on Preventing (STOP) Underage Drinking Act."
This legislation addresses the health and safety issues involved with underage drinking, while providing what NBWA calls "the necessary tools to government at the federal, state, and local levels to help prevent alcohol consumption by those who are not of a legal drinking age." It also acknowledges the role state-based regulation of alcohol beverages plays in keeping alcohol out of the hands of youth, according to NBWA.
"The beer industry is serious about the fight against underage drinking," said NBWA president Craig Purser in a statement. "While much progress has been made due to the efforts of parents, teachers, law enforcement, and others, we can and must do more. The STOP Underage Drinking Act will go a long way in providing the necessary resources to bolster these efforts and ensure states retain appropriate control over alcohol beverages within their borders."
NBWA worked closely with industry partners to gain support for the legislation. Its numerous supporters include the Beer Institute, the Brewers Association, the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America, the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, the Wine Institute, and others.
Founded in 1938, the National Beer Wholesalers Association advocates before government and the public on behalf of more than 1,900 licensed independent beer distributors with operations servicing every congressional district and state across the country.