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There's no beverage of moderation, only the practice of moderation.

Understanding Moderation

Part of responsible drinking is understanding that a standard drink of beer, distilled spirits and wine each contains the same amount of alcohol. It's not what you drink, it's how much that counts.

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There's no beverage of moderation, only the practice of moderation.

Committed to Responsibility

For more than 75 years, the spirits industry has adhered to a rigorous set of standards for beverage alcohol advertising and marketing. Click here to learn more about the Code.

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January 22, 2006 07:00 PM
WASHINGTON, DC – The Distilled Spirits Council today applauded the introduction of legislation in Delaware that would lower the legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for those operating a boat from .10 to .08 HB 328, introduced recently by Representative Bobby Outten, would bring the state’s legal BAC limit for boating in line with the state’s current .08 BAC level for motor vehicles, which became law in July 2004. “Standardizing the legal BAC limit for driving a car and operating a boat is sound public policy for waterways and roadways throughout Delaware,” said Distilled Spirits Council President Peter Cressy, whose organization has lobbied in the states for comprehensive drunk driving laws including .08. “As a society, we do not tolerate drunk drivers on our roads. We should accept no less on our waterways.” According to the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, 32 states have adopted a .08 legal BAC limit for operating a boat under the influence of alcohol. Cressy stated that the distilled spirits industry has a long history of working with communities and local coalitions to combat drunk driving. He also pointed to the work of The Century Council, a not-for-profit organization funded by America’s leading distillers, which has programs available for communities to reduce drunk driving. For more information regarding these programs, visit CONTACT: Public Affairs Department Telephone: 202-682-8840 SCROLLER Publication Name: Publication Author:


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