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Thursday, April 26, 2007

PRESS RELEASE: Diageo Supports California Legislation to Combat Underage Drinking

19 April 2007

North America

Proposed Law Would Enforce Stricter Penalties on Adults Who Furnish Alcohol To Minors

Diageo, the world's leading spirits, wine and beer company, announced its support of California legislation aimed at combating underage drinking. The bill, AB 1658, increases penalties for adults who provide alcohol to those under the legal drinking age. Following a hearing yesterday, in which Diageo testified, it passed out of the Assembly’s Committee on Governmental Organization.

AB 1658 increases the legal consequences associated with providing alcohol to a minor, moving the punishment from community service to imprisonment. Diageo calls publicly for all alcohol policy organizations, especially The Marin Institute and the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, to join them in supporting this important piece of legislation that directly addresses an important social objective. The bill also increases the existing fines these individuals incur.