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Responsible Drinking

Wine and Spirits Distributors of Illinois is committed to the responsible enjoyment of beverage alcohol. As part of that commitment, our efforts focus on:

Encouraging responsible consumption by adults 
Preventing underage sales and drinking
Supporting the three-tier system

Responsible enjoyment of alcoholic beverages by adults is made possible by the controls put in place when the three-tier system was created at the end of Prohibition in 1933. Suppliers (manufacturers) of alcoholic beverages sell their products to wholesale distributors who, in turn, sell to retailers. This regulatory structure ensures the best products reach adult consumers through licensed retailers.

Following are local and national organizations that sponsor programs to promote responsible drinking. Please visit these websites to learn more about what these organizations are doing to promote responsible consumption.

Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility        
A national initiative of distilled spirits suppliers

Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America
Industry trade association

We Don’t Serve Teens    
Sponsored by the Federal Trade Commission

TIPS (Training for Intervention Procedures)
Education and training for responsible service, sale and consumption of alcohol

ICAP (International Center for Alcohol Policies)    
Alcohol Policy Think Tank

Too Smart To Start
Sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services

Prevention First
Leadership for Drug-Free Communities

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
Sponsored by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

The Cool Spot    
Sponsored by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism NIAAA)

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