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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.

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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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Distilled Spirits Council Issues 2011 Summary of State Laws

November 7, 2011 01:55 PM


Thirty-sixth Edition Containing Comprehensive Review Now Available

WASHINGTON, DC -- The Distilled Spirits Council released today the 36th edition of the Summary of State Laws & Regulations Relating to Distilled Spirits, its compendium of beverage alcohol regulation in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The Summary of State Laws & Regulations Relating to Distilled Spirits is a valuable reference tool for those in the beverage alcohol industry, state officials and interested members of the public.  Divided into separate sections for Control and License states, the publication provides state-by-state information on a wide range of laws, regulations and rulings pertaining to the sale and distribution of distilled spirits in the United States.

The Summary includes entries covering trade practices, promotional activities, advertising, retail sales channels, taxes and other state charges, licenses, wholesaler monopoly protection, local option, and other areas of state regulation.  The new edition also reflects changes in state laws and regulations subsequent to the publication of the 35th edition (February 2008), as well as citations to statutes, regulations, rulings, and judicial decisions.

The publication is available on a single disk in PDF format for $200 (or $212 in the District of Columbia with applicable taxes).  To obtain a copy, send a check payable to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, c/o Office of the General Counsel, 1250 Eye Street, N.W., Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20005.  For more information, please call 202/682-8824 or email

Current Distilled Spirits Council members and craft distiller affiliate members receive the publication free of charge as part of their membership benefits. 

The Distilled Spirits Council is a national trade association representing producers and marketers of distilled spirits sold in the United States.



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