Throughout the summer, the Hawai‘i Alcohol Policy Alliance (Alliance) has continued its advocacy work in preparation for the upcoming 2022 legislative session! The Alliance is focusing on two community priorities. 1) Reducing the harmful effects of excessive alcohol consumption in the State, by increasing the alcohol excise tax and 2) is reducing alcohol-related motor vehicle fatalities, by lowering the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level to 0.05%.

A large part of the focus throughout this summer and fall includes meeting with key legislators, especially those that have seen the Alliance’s priority bills in their committee during the 2021 legislative session. The time spent with each legislator was an opportunity to formally introduce the Alliance, educate them on what our priority bills are: increasing the State’s excise tax and decreasing the blood alcohol concentration for impaired driving to .05. For many members of the Alliance, it was their first time meeting their legislator and sharing their story on how excessive alcohol consumption has impacted their lives. 

In addition to meetings with legislators, the Alliance is working on updating their logo and brand kit, garnering support from community organizations as well as individuals. It’s been a season full of lessons and new experiences for the Alliance and they are looking forward to engaging with more organizations, youth, and parents to move our work forward! If you or anyone else you know is interested in supporting these policies please contact Chelsea at chelsea@hiphi.org or at hiapa.org to learn more.