Bush Signs STOP Act into Law
Join Together, December 22, 2006
STOP (Sober Truth on Preventing) Underage Drinking
Act, called the most significant piece of
underage-drinking prevention legislation passed by
Congress in years, has been signed into law by
Bush signed the bill on Dec. 20.
The STOP Act establishes a national media campaign
aimed at underage drinking, funds underage-drinking
prevention programs in communities, and requires the
Department of Health and Human Services to report
annually on progress against youth drinking.
"Today's historic signing into law
of our nation's first comprehensive legislation on
underage drinking is a significant step toward
bringing this national public-health crisis out of
the shadows," said Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.),
the lead sponsor of the bill. "Prior to being
elected to public office, I worked for a nonprofit
agency which focused on alcohol abuse. I witnessed
firsthand the many devastating consequences of
irresponsible drinking. That experience made me
realize that, as a nation, we must no longer be
complacent about underage drinking and its alarming
The STOP Act enacts into law some
of the recommendations from a
Institute of Medicine study on youth drinking.
The bill was endorsed both by public-health groups
and alcohol-industry representatives.