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State Action Guide: Mandatory Point-of-Purchase Messaging on Alcohol and Pregnancy

This State Action Guide re-activates elements of CSPI’s National Campaign for Alcohol Health Warning Signs, conducted in the mid-1990s. That effort supported enactment of mandatory point-of-purchase warning sign laws and ordinances in numerous states and localities to help inform consumers about the health risks of alcohol consumption.


Developed by the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), in collaboration with the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), to guide community coalitions working to reduce alcohol-related problems. $4.00 each.

Vintage Deception: The Wine Institute's Manipulation of Scientific Research to Promote Wine Consumption

In a continuing barrage, the California Wine Institute has mounted a steady, misleading publicity campaign to promote the health benefits of wine consumption.  This report examines a year's worth of these publications, finding numerous exaggerated and one-sided claims and exposing how the Wine Institute manipulates research evidence to highlight reasons to drink, but fails to report evidence of alcohol’s ill effects. (1997) 20 pp. $5.00

Last Call for High-Risk Bar Promotions That Target College Students

Local bars near many colleges and universities lure students with the promise of cheap and oversize drinks.  Students and other community members pay for those drink specials and irresponsible server practices in vandalism, late-night noise, violent crimes, and drinking-driving crashes.  This action guide describes a broad range of strategies to combat those bar promotions and to create safer, healthier communities. (1997) 61 pp. $10.00

State Alcohol Taxes and Health: A Citizen's Action Guide

Alcohol taxes can provide state revenue, fund programs to combat alcohol problems, and, by raising the price of alcoholic beverages, help reduce alcohol consumption and alcohol problems.  This detailed guide arms activists with information and tools to put alcohol tax increases on state public policy agendas. (1996) 62 pp. $10.00

Paying the Piper: The Effect of Industry Funding on Alcohol Prevention Priorities

Alcoholic-beverage industry sources have begun to fund local prevention and treatment programs as federal grants have dwindled.  This report -- based on a survey of local organizations -- suggests that receipt of industry funding may affect the policy positions those organizations support. (1996) 10 pp. $4.00

Adolescent Responses to Televised Beer Advertisements: Children of Alcoholics and Others

This pilot study was designed to determine the responses of adolescent children of alcoholics and other adolescents to television beer commercials. Findings indicate that this special population merits additional protection, given children of alcoholics' heightened vulnerability to and inherited predisposition for alcoholism.  (CSPI and the Children of Alcoholics Foundation) (1996) 17 pp.  Free

National Campaign for Alcohol Health Warning Signs Campaign Kit

This packet contains practical information on how to start and conduct a warning signs campaign.  Includes: background, sample testimony before a legislative body, sample op/ed piece, and sample newsletter articles. (1997)  Free with a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Mad at the Ads! A Citizens' Guide to Challenging Alcohol Advertising Practices

In communities across the country, citizens are working together to challenge alcohol advertising practices.  This activists' guide provides examples of what others have done to organize for successful battles against the well-financed alcohol industry. (1992) 38 pp. $4.00

Double Dip: The Simultaneous Decline of Alcohol Advertising and Alcohol Problems in the United States

Media advertising of alcoholic beverages dropped 46% between 1986 and 1993.  At the same time, alcohol consumption and alcohol-related social problems declined.  This report examines the factors and connections behind these reductions. (1992) 38 pp. $4.00

Citizen's Action Handbook on Alcohol and Tobacco Billboard Advertising

This handbook documents the problem of outdoor tobacco and alcohol advertising targeted at inner-city residents.  It offers an action plan for mobilizing concerned citizens to attack the problem. (1990) 38 pp. $6.95

Marketing Booze to Blacks

This book and companion video examine the scope of alcohol-related problems in the African-American community. They expose the messages in alcohol ads and raise questions about the alcohol industry's support of civic groups.  Book (1987) 54 pp. $4.95, Video (CSPI and the Institute on Black Chemical Abuse) (1992) 17 minutes $29.95

Marketing Disease to Hispanics: The Selling of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Junk Foods

The Latino market is the hottest one around...and beer, cigarette, and junk-food producers are going after it in a big way. Unfortunately, those products promote drunk-driving, cancer, heart disease, and obesity -- diseases that are widespread or growing rapidly in the Latino community. This book and video document how "pathogenic corporations" are influencing Latino leaders, Latino media, and the general Latino community.  Book (1989) 100 pp. (out of print), Video (Latino Council on Alcohol and Tobacco) (1992) 16 minutes $50.00

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