This project will assess how a new law in the state of Washington (Voter Initiative 1183, on 6/1/12) which abolishes state alcohol “control” is associated with changes in:
- Alcohol availability, enforcement, price and advertising
- Predictors of alcohol consumption such as perceived availability and acceptability
- Alcohol consumption patterns among youth and adults, especially in communities of color, low-income and rural populations and young adults
- Alcohol-related public health and social impacts
- Overall economic effects
Findings from this study will allow policy makers in the current 18 "control" states to understand consequences of privatization; states already operating privatized systems will understand the relative contribution of factors that can inform prevention-focused policies.