Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project (WisAPP)
Excessive alcohol use remains a significant threat to the health, safety and prosperity of Wisconsin’s residents. In Wisconsin, the alcohol control framework is guided by the Wisconsin Statutes, which provides municipalities with the authority to license and regulate alcohol sales. Wisconsin’s municipalities have the ability and authority to improve their community alcohol environment. Research has identified policies or practices that prevent and reduce alcohol misuse without inconveniencing moderate adult drinkers.
The Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project (WisAPP) supports local elected leaders, public health professionals and others as they identify local alcohol-related issues and implement policies to address them.
Understanding the Problem
Defined as binge drinking, heavy drinking, underage drinking, and drinking while pregnant, the impact of excessive alcohol use ripples throughout society, impacts violence and injury, and negatively impacts the economy.Learn more
Policies & Procedures
WisAPP provides comprehensive reporting that covers recommendations for misuse of alcohol in Wisconsin, resources for learning about alcohol to go, alcohol visibility, and provisions municipalities can establish on government property.Learn more
Compliance & Enforcement
Alcohol misuse has detrimental impacts on health, brain development, and public safety, but there are safeguards in place by policy makers, and enforcement is critical from server to seller.Learn more
Licensing & Permits
Alcohol licensing resources for communities to ensure safety, security, and common courtesy for neighboring businesses and residences, including information about municipal alcohol retail licenses.Learn more
Tools & FAQ
WisAPP provides tools in the form of data, information, and strategies to help communities to work together to prevent excessive alcohol use, and training can be requested on a variety of alcohol topics.Learn more
Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project (WisAPP) NewsSee All MCW News
OUR VIEW: Lawmakers Need to Grab the Wheel, Stop Rise in OWI
January 5, 2023
Editorial from Wisconsin State Journal to reduce OWI's in Wisconsin.
More Than 770,000 Wisconsin Drivers Have OWI Conviction as Drunken Driving Crashes Rise
December 28, 2022
The article gives an overview of OWI convictions and impaired driving crashes going up.
AHW Announces Nearly $1.5 Million in Seed Funding Grants
December 14, 2022
AHW outlines recent funding decisions which include four alcohol related projects.
Excessive Drinking is Hurting Wisconsin Communities, According to Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project
September 15, 2022
Interview with Joy Powers of WUWM and Maureen Busalacchi of Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project (WisAPP).
Does Wisconsin Have a Drinking Problem? Here’s a Clear-eyed Look at the Personal and Societal Toll Alcohol Takes in Our State
September 13, 2022
The Milwaukee Magazine dives into the history and culture of alcohol use in Wisconsin and talks to people with personal experience, health care providers and policy experts. It looks toward some solutions to reduce the heavy drinking culture.
Doctors Seeing More Women, Patients Under 40 with Liver Disease
September 5, 2022
The article addresses the challenges of younger people needing treatment for liver disease and how much alcohol impacts this disease.
Drunken Driving Crashes Spike in Dane County; At Least 11 Killed in First Half of 2022
August 26, 2022
Article summarizes fatal OWI cases involving alcohol in first half of 2022.
Population-level Risks of Alcohol Consumption by Amount, Geography, Age, Sex, and Year: A Systematic Analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2020
July 14, 2022
Drinking alcohol has significant health risks for young people, small amounts may be beneficial for some older adults New analysis suggests that recommendations for how much one can drink should be based on age and local disease rates.
If There is a Will, There is a Way
May 18, 2022
Discussion of the rising rates of excessive alcohol use in Wisconsin.
Let's Take Steps to Cut Our Excessive Drinking
May 1, 2022
Op-ed summarizes the report from the State Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse.
Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project
Comprehensive Injury Center
Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226
This project is funded by:
Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Division of Care and Treatment Services
Felice Borisy-Rudin, JD, PhD