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About the Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project (WisAPP)

What is the Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project?

The Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project (WisAPP) provides training, tools and technical assistance to municipalities, law enforcement, public health and community groups working to improve the alcohol environment and reduce alcohol-related problems. Since its founding in 2010, it has worked with communities to implement evidence-informed policies that can reduce underage and binge drinking.

In even-numbered years, the Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project sponsors the Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Seminar, the only conference in Wisconsin that focuses on evidence-based policies and practices to prevent excessive alcohol consumption.

Wisconsin’s Alcohol Culture and Environment

Despite decreases in underage drinking, Wisconsin’s rate of underage drinking remains above the national average. Early alcohol use creates a vulnerability to later opiate misuse and dependence among our children, a risk that should trouble all residents. Unhealthy and dangerous drinking among Wisconsin’s adult population remains disturbingly high. Recent research suggests that even moderate alcohol use among the elderly carries more health and safety consequences than previously known. Given the broad scope of alcohol-related concerns in Wisconsin, this is a public health and safety concern that must be addressed at the population level.

APHA 2022 Poster Presentation

Creating Excitement Around Implementing Policies to Reduce Excessive Alcohol Use in Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project (WisAPP) is presenting a poster at the 2022 Annual Meeting and Expo of the American Public Health Association (APHA) in Boston on November 6, 2022, summarizing the reach and breadth of our alcohol prevention work over the last year.

View the poster (PDF)

APHA 2022 Poster Presentation

Meet Our Team


Maureen Busalacchi

Director, Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project (WisAPP)


Felice F. Borisy-Rudin, JD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Pharmacology and Toxicology; Policy Analyst, Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project (WisAPP)

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.

Contact Us

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

Maureen Busalacchi


Felice Borisy-Rudin, JD, PhD
Policy Analyst

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