Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project
Moving Forward: Policies and Strategies to Prevent and Reduce Excessive Alcohol Use in Wisconsin
Analysis and Recommendations for Addressing and Reducing Excessive Alcohol Use in Wisconsin (December 2021)
Wisconsin State Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (SCAODA)
Alcohol Prevention Ad-Hoc Workgroup
The goal of this report is to provide evidence-based research regarding policies to keep the health, safety, and prosperity of Wisconsin’s residents in good stead. Unhealthy and dangerous drinking among Wisconsin’s adult population remains disturbingly high. These actions create an environment that too often, our children and youth will model. It is critical we all work towards providing a safer environment for our families, friends, and neighbors. This is a public health and safety concern that must be addressed at the population level in order to create healthy and safe communities for all.
Using This Report
This report is designed to help the user find how they can be impactful regarding Wisconsin’s alcohol environment in order to create a safe and healthier Wisconsin for all. The intent is the recommendations provided in this report will be used in your community, with coalitions looking to reduce harm of excessive use of alcohol; with healthcare systems, and providers; with municipalities, counties, and state government officials; and with decision makers and lawmakers of all types and levels of government so they all can make informed decisions to create safer and healthier communities.
The 61 recommendations in this report are listed under the organizations that should consider the recommendation. When a recommendation should be considered by multiple implementing organizations, the recommendation will appear in all appropriate sections and will have a note indicating where it is cross-listed. The report includes recommendations for the following implementing organizations:
- Local Government (PDF) (Counties; Tribes; Municipalities including Cities, Villages, and Towns; and their various departments, such as law enforcement, etc.)
- State Government and State Agencies (PDF)
- Civic, Community, Educational and Religious Organizations (PDF)
- Healthcare Systems and Providers (PDF)
- Alcohol Industry (PDF)
- SCAODA Report and Recommendations Overview (PDF)
- How Can I Get Involved in Reducing Excessive Alcohol Use? (PDF)
- Apply and Enforce License Conditions (PDF)
- Minimum Legal Drinking Age Compliance Checks Reduce Underage Drinking (PDF)
- Online Municipal Inventory of Policies & Practices to Reduce Excessive Alcohol Consumption (PDF)
- Procedural Guidelines for Alcohol Licenses (PDF)
- Recommended License Conditions for Temporary Events, Summer Festivals and Outdoor Events (PDF)
- Using Place of Last Drink (POLD) Data to Save Lives (PDF)
Understanding the Problem
Defined as binge, heavy drinking, underage drinking and drinking while pregnant, the impact of excessive alcohol use ripples throughout society and negatively impacts the economy.Learn more
Community Action: Evidence-Based Solutions
Resources and infographics to help Wisconsin communities find ways to reduce excessive alcohol use.Learn more
Monitor & Evaluate
Efforts to curb excessive alcohol use need to be monitored and evaluated on an ongoing basis to determine how they are working.Learn more
Alcohol licensing resources for communities to ensure safety, security, and common courtesy for neighboring businesses and residences.Learn more
Summaries of state law changes as well as items that may be of interest when considering improving the local alcohol environment.Learn more
Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project NewsSee All MCW News
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.
Governor's Proclamation on Alcohol Awareness Month
April 13, 2022
In the tradition of Wisconsin Governor's, Governor Evers declared April Alcohol Awareness Month.
Report Finds Excessive Drinking Rates, Statewide, Locally
April 8, 2022
The article covers the recent report by the State Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse.
Wisconsin's Drinking Problem: State Board Releases 61 Recommendations to Lower Excessive Alcoholism
March 29, 2022
This article covers the SCAODA report and interviews a mother who lost her child and now helps promote policy to reduce excessive alcohol use.
61 New Recommendations to Reduce Excessive Alcohol Consumption
March 29, 2022
Wisconsin leads the nation in excessive use of alcohol. The State Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse released a report called "Moving Forward: Policies and Strategies to Prevent and Reduce Excessive Alcohol Use in Wisconsin," which MCW faculty and staff helped develop.
Council Recommends Ways to Reduce Wisconsin's High Rate of Alcohol Use
March 29, 2022
A state council on Monday released a report detailing ways government officials, healthcare providers, the alcohol industry and other groups can reduce excessive alcohol consumption.
Wisconsin Alcohol Deaths Rose Nearly 25% in 2020
January 13, 2022
More than a thousand Wisconsin residents died from alcohol-induced causes in 2020 — a nearly 25% increase from the year prior.
A Sobering Trend: Alcohol Deaths Up Sharply in Wisconsin
January 12, 2022
Learn more about this report from the Wisconsin Policy Forum.
Medical College of Wisconsin’s Comprehensive Injury Center Assumes New Leadership of the Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project
October 4, 2021
The MCW Comprehensive Injury Center (CIC) announces their new position of leadership for the Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project (WAPP).
About the Medical College of Wisconsin Comprehensive Injury Center (CIC)
Injury is a biopsychosocial disease that presents a lifelong risk of premature death and disability. Unintentional injury is the leading cause of death among individuals ages 1 through 44 in the United States and intentional injury (e.g., homicide and suicide) is a leading cause of death among individuals ages 10 to 34.
Our vision at the Comprehensive Injury Center is a healthier and safer community for all.