Dec
21
2011

WASHINGTON, DC--Celebrating its 20th Anniversary, The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, a national not-for-profit organization funded by distillers, is honoring leaders who have shown an outstanding commitment to fighting drunk driving and underage drinking. Five attorneys general from across the nation are being recognized for their extraordinary efforts to eliminate drunk driving and underage drinking in their respective states.

Attorneys General John Suthers (Colorado), Paula Dow (New Jersey), Marty Jackley (South Dakota), Rob McKenna (Washington), and J.B. Van Hollen (Wisconsin) have all been chosen to receive The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility’s 2011 Leadership Award for their ongoing dedication to fighting drunk driving and underage drinking.

According to the underage drinking statistics from the 2011 Monitoring the Future Survey, the number of underage students consuming alcohol in their lifetime, in the past year, or in the past 30 days has reached historic low levels. Since The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility’s inception, past month alcohol consumption among 8th, 10th, and 12th graders has declined by 49%, 36%, and 26%, respectively. Understanding the complexity of this issue, this year’s award recipients joined The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility to combat drunk driving and underage drinking.

Each of the attorneys general has participated in launching the Ask, Listen, Learn program in middle schools in his or her state, worked to strengthen laws dealing with drunk driving, and created PSAs that ran statewide to encourage kids to say “YES” to a healthy lifestyle and “NO” to underage drinking.

“You would be hard pressed to find individuals who have worked harder to fight drunk driving and underage drinking than the five attorneys general we are recognizing,” said Ralph Blackman, President and CEO of The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility. “Each one of them has been a tireless advocate for the citizens of their states and has helped us make significant progress on these issues over the past year.”

About The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility
The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, which has been at the front of the fight against drunk driving and underage drinking since its inception 20 years ago, is a not-for-profit organization funded by distillers including: Bacardi U.S.A., Inc.; Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Inc., Brown-Forman; Constellation Brands, Inc.; DIAGEO; Hood River Distillers, Inc.; Pernod Ricard USA and Sidney Frank Importing Co., Inc. Through legislation, education, and public awareness campaigns, The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility is a leader in the fight against drunk driving and underage drinking and promotes responsible decision making regarding beverage alcohol.

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Contact: 
Darron Moffatt, The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, (202) 637-0077