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4th Annual Milwaukee Regional Research Forum Oct. 24

10-24-2013
11:00 AM  - 1:30 PM
Crowne Plaza Milwaukee West Hotel
Scott Belanger
This year’s Viewpoint Luncheon panel discussion topic is ‘Excessive Use of Alcohol in Wisconsin: Are There Legislative and Regulatory Remedies?’. Earlier this year, a University of Wisconsin report quantified the impacts of excessive alcohol use in Wisconsin, finding that binge drinking costs state taxpayers $6.8 billion and results in more than 1,500 deaths, 48,000 hospitalizations, and 5,700 motor vehicle crashes annually. While few would disagree with the severity of these impacts, there is less agreement about how to combat them. Are tougher drunk driving laws or increased alcohol taxes the answer? What about sobriety checkpoints or penalties on taverns who serve excessive drinkers? If tougher laws and law enforcement tactics are the solution, then what is the cost and how will we afford the bill? Join the Milwaukee Regional Research Forum and the Public Policy Forum at a Viewpoint Luncheon that will explore the effects of Wisconsin’s alcohol culture and what we should do to address them. Our panel of legislative, law enforcement, academic and industry leaders includes: Alberta Darling, Wisconsin State Senator Edward Flynn, Police Chief, City of Milwaukee Dr. Mallory O’Brien, College of Nursing, Marquette University Scott Strenger, Director of Governmental Affairs, Tavern League of Wisconsin Moderator James Causey, Columnist and Editorial Page Writer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel In addition to the panel discussion, the luncheon will feature the presentation of this year’s T. Michael Bolger Awards and poster presentations of CTSI sponsored research.