For Immediate Release Contact: Lori Levy
Beer Institute
Tel: (202) 737-2337

Tamara Mlynarczyk
NBWA
703-683-4300

STATE OF ALCOHOL ABUSE
SHOWS SIGNIFICANT REDUCTIONS

(Washington, D.C.) January 27, 2000 - While the president prepares to announce significant reductions in unemployment, taxes and the national debt in tonight's State of the Union Address, the Beer Institute and National Beer Wholesalers Association announce reductions in alcohol abuse including drunk driving fatalities, teen alcohol use and drunk teenage fatalities.

"Despite reports to the contrary, there is good news in alcohol abuse. There has been significant progress made and the numbers are going down," said Jeff Becker, president, Beer Institute.

Based on information released by the National Highway Safety Traffic Safety Administration, drunk driving fatalities decreased 41 percent while fatalities in crashes involving drunk teenage drivers decreased a staggering 65 percent.

David Rehr, president, National Beer Wholesalers Association, said, "These numbers show that when the industry, government and the private sector work together, significant progress can be made in this area."

While Becker and Rehr agreed the progress is significant, both said the industry will work hard to continue programs that help reduce alcohol abuse.

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The National Beer Wholesalers Association is a national trade association representing family-owned and operated distributors of malt beverage products.