Attributed to Dr. Peter Cressy, Distilled Spirits Council President and CEO

“The Distilled Spirits Council applauds President Bush for signing the Stop Act, a federal bill that provides for programs and activities aimed at preventing underage drinking.  The spirits industry is vehemently opposed to underage drinking and has worked aggressively to combat this serious and complex problem for decades.

“While progress has been made, any amount of underage drinking is too much.  We appreciate the bipartisan effort in Congress.  By working together and focusing on effective, comprehensive solutions, we can continue to make progress.

“We are pleased to join with the Beer Institute, Wine Institute, the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America, the National Beer Wholesalers Association and The Century Council in this step in the fight against underage drinking.”

Cressy stated that the distilled spirits industry has a long history of working with communities nationwide to combat underage drinking.  He cited as examples the work of The Century Council, a not-for-profit organization funded by America’s leading distillers, which has programs available for communities and parents to reduce drunk driving and underage drinking.