AADIF and its predecessor organizations, besides publishing a newsletter (now called the MICAP-RECAP) and an academic journal (Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education {JADE}), has striven to move our Michigan State Legislature toward a best public policy regarding the sale of beverage alcohol (B/A) in Michigan.  Toward that end, several milestones have been adopted by the legislature, at least in part, because of our urging.  Those include:
 
  • The establishment of the Michigan Liquor Control Commission.
     
  • Passage of the 500-foot Law (B/A not to be sold within 500 feet of a school or place of worship)
     
  • Restoration of the Minimum Age of 21 for the purchase or consumption of B/A.  AADIF helped Michigan to become the first state in the union to return to 21.  Because of better accident and death statistics in Michigan after the age of 21, the NHTSA put forth policy encouraging adoption of the same in other states. It is now adopted in all 50 states.
     
  • Petitioned the Michigan Legislature to refuse legislative proposals to open bars until 4:00 a.m. The Michigan Legislature has refused these proposals several times at our urging.
     
  • The Office of Substance Abuse Services was planned and recommended by AADIF to the state legislature.  It was adopted in 1974.
     
  • AADIF helped support and urged voters to adopt the BOTTLE BILL.
     
  • AADIF urged tightening up of Michigan’s drink driving laws.  Encouraged Michigan Legislature first to lower the blood alcohol content (BAC) from 0.15% to 0.10% then from 0.10% to 0.08%.
     
  • At AADIF’s urging, the Michigan Liquor Control Commission cut significantly the quantities and kinds of caffeinated beverages coming into and being sold in Michigan.  Their final action was to allow only caffeinated beverages with an alcohol content no higher than ordinary beer.