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Milwaukee Regional Research Forum Viewpoint Luncheon planned for Oct. 24

Oct. 14, 2013 College News - The 4th annual Milwaukee Regional Research Forum Viewpoint Luncheon will be held Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Crowne Plaza Milwaukee West Hotel, and run from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This year’s Viewpoint Luncheon panel will discuss, Excessive Use of Alcohol in Wisconsin: Are There Legislative and Regulatory Remedies?

In addition to a panel discussion, the luncheon will feature the presentation of this year’s T. Michael Bolger Awards and poster presentations of Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin (CTSI)-sponsored research.

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 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, City of Milwaukee Police Chief; Dr. Mallory O’Brien, Marquette University College of Nursing; Scott Strenger, Director of Governmental Affairs for the Tavern League of Wisconsin; and Moderator James Causey, Columnist and Editorial Page Writer for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

If you have any questions, please contact Scott Belanger, 955-2204 or sbelanger@mcw.edu.

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