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:

  1. Alcohol availability, enforcement, price and advertising
  2. Predictors of alcohol consumption such as perceived availability and acceptability
  3. Alcohol consumption patterns among youth and adults, especially in communities of color, low-income and rural populations and young adults
  4. Alcohol-related public health and social impacts
  5. 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.