Alcohol Addiction: The Latest Science and New Medical Treatments

October 16, 2017
Hosted by Dr. Brad Krevor with Dr. William DeJong, Kathie Durbin, Major Mark Willingham, Scott Wexler, Charles Curie

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Host Brad Krevor and co-host Charles Curie will be joined by Dr. Hal Urschel, author and Addictions Psychiatrist to discuss his book "Healing the Addicted Brain." They will be considering the latest science regarding the impact alcohol overuse has on the brain and the latest effective medical treatments for alcohol dependence.

Alcohol Across America – A Project of the RRForum

Alcohol Across America – A Project of the RRForum

Monday at 1 PM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Business Channel

Alcohol Across America, hosted by Dr. Brad Krevor, examines trends and issues on the impact of beverage alcohol on economy, health, safety, and American culture. Each week, AAA focuses on one issue.

Alcohol and community: Kathie Durbin, Montgomery County Liquor Control explores how communities balance a vibrant hospitality industry with public health and safety. Maj. Mark Willingham, Alcohol Solutions, explores how alcohol liability litigation impacts over-service and over-consumption.

College drinking: William DeJong, Boston University, explores trends in student alcohol use and abuse with leading colleges and universities.

The changing alcohol industry: Scott Wexler, The Empire State Restaurant and Tavern Association, explores how the alcohol marketplace is changing and how the industry itself might be part of the solution.

Alcohol and health: Charles Curie, former Administrator of SAMHSA, explores innovations in understanding alcohol and health.

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Dr. Brad Krevor with Dr. William DeJong, Kathie Durbin, Major Mark Willingham, Scott Wexler, Charles Curie

Dr. Brad Krevor with Dr. William DeJong, Kathie Durbin, Major Mark Willingham, Scott Wexler, Charles Curie

Brad S. Krevor, Ph.D. is President of the Responsible Retailing Forum Inc., RRForum, a 501(C) 3 non-profit foundation whose dual objectives are to identify and promulgate Best Practices for Responsible Retailing, and engage public and private stakeholders in examinations of RR policy. Dr. Krevor has been the Principal Investigator for National Institutes of Health Small Business Innovation Research awards to translate RRForum research findings into sustainable Responsible Retailing systems for cities, states and trade associations, and a US Dept. of Justice Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws research project to examine non-punitive strategies to improve age-verification. From 1990-2009, he served as a Senior Research Associate at the Heller Graduate School, Brandeis University. From 1989 to 1998, he was the Executive Director of the Tobacco Control Resource Center in Boston, a leading national tobacco control advocacy group.

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October 2017

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September 2017

August 2017

Ralph Blackman


RALPH S. BLACKMAN President and CEO Ralph S. Blackman is the President and CEO of the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility. Responsibility.org was founded in 1991 and has received more than $250 million dollars from the nation’s leading distillers to fight drunk driving and underage drinking and promote responsible decisions concerning beverage alcohol. Mr. Blackman began his tenure with Responsibility.org in 1996 as Vice President for Public Affairs. Mr. Blackman served two presidents before joining Responsibility.org. He was appointed Associate Director of the White House Conference on Small Business by President Ronald Reagan in 1986 and Assistant Administrator for Private Enterprise at the U.S. Agency for International Development by President George H.W. Bush in 1992. View Guest page

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Phil Bradley


Philip Bradley, is currently a consultant for businesses, governments and associations. In addition, he serves as CEO of the Kansas Licensed Beverage Association and runs their Government Affairs Program. In Kansas, he represents the KS Viticulture & Farm Winery Assn., Craft Brewers Guild of KS, the Equal Entertainment Group, Artisan Distillers of KS and the KS Fireworks Assn. He is past Chair of the American Beverage Licensees, Government Affairs Committee in DC and advisor on organizational and governmental matters. Phil is a native of Lawrence, Kansas where he grew up on a farm/ranch close to town. He is alumni of Kansas State University and University of California, SC. He worked for many groups before starting his own consulting firm, PBC consulting, a comprehensive, multi-modal firm. During this period, he also took time to fill in as policy staff for the US Senate and lectured in business at the University of California. View Guest page

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Charles G. Curie


Charles G. Curie is principal and founder of THE CURIE GROUP, LLC, a firm working with leaders in healthcare, particularly mental health (MH) and substance use (SU) to facilitate transformation of services and attain positive outcomes for people worldwide. Curie’s professional experience spans 40 years. He was nominated by the President Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to head SAMHSA from 2001 to 2006. Accomplishments included The President’s New Freedom Commission on MH, Strategic Prevention Framework for SU prevention, Access to Recovery, National Outcome Measures, and work with post-conflict and war-torn countries MH and SU systems. From 1995 to 2001, Curie was appointed by PA Governor Ridge as Deputy Secretary for OMHSAS and implemented a nationally recognized MH and drug and alcohol Medicaid managed care program and a policy to reduce and eliminate seclusion and restraint practices in the state hospital system, which won the 2000 Innovations in American Government Award. He received his graduate degree from the University of Chicago. View Guest page

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Dr. William DeJong


William DeJong, Ph.D. is a Professor of Community Health Sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health and serves on the board of directors for the Responsible Retailing Forum. From 1995-2004, he directed the U.S. Department of Education's Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention (HEC). He is the author of over 400 monographs, book chapters, and academic papers in substance abuse prevention, health promotion, criminal justice, and social psychology. In 2000, he received the College Leadership Award from the American Public Health Association (Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Section) and in 2008, he received the Outstanding Contribution to the Field Award from The Network Addressing Collegiate Alcohol and Other Drug Issues. Dr. DeJong received a doctorate in social psychology from Stanford University in 1977. View Guest page

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Kathie Durbin


Kathie Durbin joined the Department of Liquor Control in 2002 where she developed a comprehensive outreach program focusing on the businesses licensed to sell/serve alcohol as well as the community. In 2007 her role was expanded to the Division Chief of Licensure, Regulation and Education and is responsible for alcohol licensing, alcohol policy, education, legislative initiatives and business compliance. She is certified by the State of Maryland as an Alcohol Server Instructor (RBS) and as a Substance Abuse Prevention Professional. Her current role as an alcohol regulator allows her to continue to play a leadership role on local, statewide and national alcohol related boards such as the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association (NABCA), Maryland Alcohol Licensing Association (MALA), Responsible Hospitality Institute (RHI) and the Responsible Retailing Forum (RRF). Kathie is considered an innovative leader in the field of Alcohol Policy and Regulation. View Guest page

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Kurt Gregory Erickson


Kurt Gregory Erickson serves as President and CEO of the nonprofit and Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP). Founded in 1982, WRAP is an award-winning public-private partnership working to prevent drunk driving and underage drinking in the Washington-metropolitan area. WRAP may best be known to Greater Washington residents via the organization’s popular free safe ride service for would-be drunk drivers, SoberRide®. In addition to serving as CEO, lead public affairs strategist and registered multi-state lobbyist for the nationally-heralded coalition, Erickson also serves as Project Director of Maryland and Virginia’s Checkpoint Strikeforce campaign – a 16-year, research-based, multi-state and zero-tolerance initiative designed to get impaired drivers off our roads using checkpoints and patrols when and where drunk driving is most likely to occur, and to educate the public about the dangers and consequences of drunk driving. View Guest page

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Pamela Erickson


Pamela Erickson owns Public Action Management and operates an education campaign for a “Healthy Alcohol Marketplace.” From 1996 to 2003, she directed the Oregon Liquor Control Commission where she transformed an antiquated bureaucracy into a high performing, results oriented organization. In 2003, she joined Oregon Partnership to direct leadership and media campaigns to reduce underage drinking. Her recent publications include, “Issue Briefs for States, 2017,” “Alcohol Deregulation by Ballot Measure in Washington State,” “Fair Trade Practice Regulations” and “Public Supports Strong Alcohol Policies.” These reports explain how deregulation can lead to increased social problems such as high rates of underage drinking, public order offenses and alcohol related disease. She served on the faculty of the National Judicial College for a course on High Volume Administrative Hearings. Her educational materials are available at www.healthyalcoholmarket.com. View Guest page

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Dr. Monica Gourovitch


Dr. Gourovitch is a recognized corporate social responsibility and public policy leader, speaker and scientific subject matter expert in global beverage alcohol policy. Throughout her career, she has achieved meaningful, positive change at the societal level by engaging the support of business, public officials, non-governmental organizations and community leaders toward collaboratively working to implement evidence-based, global policies and programs to ensure moderate and responsible drinking and prevent and reduce alcohol abuse. Monica has led the development of training materials on responsible drinking for employees and external audiences and a website providing product nutritional information and science-based responsible drinking resources (DRINKiQ.com). She also created and implemented evidence-based programs with health professionals on moderate alcohol consumption, abuse, and underage drinking, including two Educational Tool Kits and continuing medical education programs. View Guest page

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Neal Insley


J. NEAL INSLEY is Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association (NABCA). He has worked in the area of beverage alcohol law, legislation and/or policy at the state, national and international level. In the private practice of law, he focused on hospitality and beverage alcohol law and policy, government affairs, administrative law and regulatory/policy issues. He also served as the chairman of the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (Va. ABC) and as chairman of NABCA. Neal began his career in law enforcement and held the position of special agent with the Va. ABC while attending law school part-time at nights and weekends. Within the beverage alcohol industry, he has served as a regulator, attorney, administrative law judge, and business leader. View Guest page

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David Jabour


David Jabour has been involved in the liquor industry all of his life. His father, Theodore, established a liquor store in downtown Austin shortly after Prohibition. As President of Twin Liquors, David has grown the business from one location to 80 locations in Texas. He is a board member, and member of the Legislative counsel of the Texas Package Stores Association (TPSA); board member and Former Past President of the American Beverage Licensees (ABL); a board member of the Wine and Food Foundation of Texas; President Elect of the Wine & Spirits Guild of America, and Parish Council Member of St. Elias Orthodox Church. He also serves on various community boards, such as the Austin Opera, Caritas of Austin and is an Austin Symphony Orchestra Knight of the Symphony and a member of the International Society of the Knights of the Vine. He resides in Austin with his wife, Sylvia, their fifteen year-old twins, Raphael and Gabrielle, and fourteen-year-old son, David II. View Guest page

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Dave Mosher


David Mosher has been in the beer, wine and spirits wholesaler industry for 24 years. As a Brand Manager for Admiral Beverage Distributing in Albuquerque, New Mexico, he manages select product portfolios in partnership with the respective beer supplier to help facilitate marketing and sales. He is a member of the Responsible Retailing Forum’s Steering committee in New Mexico and currently serves on the Responsible Retailing Forum Board of Directors. View Guest page

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Warren Scheidt


Warren Scheidt is the co-owner of twelve package liquor stores in Indiana located in Columbus, Shelbyville and Greensburg. His family has owned and operated these stores for 35 years with three generations actively running the business. He is a past president and has been a member of the Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers for 35 years and is a member of the American Beverage Licensees. ABL advocates for independent beer, wine and spirits retailers to strengthen the collective voice of bar, tavern and package store owners.
Warren has been featured in Beverage Dynamics (Aug 2009) on retail security and received their 2016 Retailer of The Year Award. Warren was also featured in Market Watch magazine (Dec 2016) “Against the Grain” detailing his family operation. View Guest page

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Officer Jeremy Smalley


Officer Jeremy Smalley has been a police officer for 15 years, with a focus on traffic enforcement specializing in Alcohol and Drug Impaired Driving. Since 2011, Officer Smalley has been assigned to the Alcohol Initiative Unit that specializes in Alcohol education and Alcohol Enforcement. He is currently involved in the community speaking at school events to teens about of the dangers of Drinking and Driving and Underage Drinking. Officer Smalley is also the Coordinator for the Montgomery County Police Department’s Drug Recognition Program. This program deals with the issues of Drugged driving which is as much of an issue as Alcohol Impaired Driving. Impaired driving is a priority for Montgomery County Police. He is heavily involved in being part of the solution to stop the dangers that impaired driving and underage drinking cause in the community. View Guest page

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Dr. Scott Swartzwelder


Dr. Scott Swartzwelder is a professor of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience at Duke University. His work centers on the neurobiology of addiction with specific emphasis on the distinctive effects of drugs on the adolescent brain. View Guest page

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Dr. Harold Urschel


Known as one of the foremost authorities on substance abuse and addiction in the country, Dr. Harold Urschel is the author of the New York Times best seller, “Healing the Addicted Brain.” He is a coveted speaker on substance abuse and the latest opportunities to treat the chronic brain disease of addiction on both the local and national stage. As Chief Medical Strategist for one of the finest residential and outpatient treatment programs in the nation, Dr. Urschel works with Enterhealth’s team of medical experts in the field of addiction, including its physicians, nurses, psychiatrists and licensed therapists, to implement the most advanced, science-based treatment protocols grounded in the latest NIH research, incorporating pharmacotherapy into client-centered treatment plans that address the psychological, spiritual and relational aspects of addiction. View Guest page

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Scott Wexler


Scott Wexler has served as Executive Director of the Empire State Restaurant and Tavern Association since 1985. Scott is a trained instructor in responsible beverage service and serves as the Director of the Association’s Alcohol Training Awareness Program, the first server training program approved in New York State. Scott has participated as a member of the New York State Liquor Authority’s ABC Reform Working Group and their Task Force for the Review of On-Premises Licensure, New York State Project Zero Task Force, the Committee on University and Community Relations (Albany), and the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee Strategic Planning Group. He has also served on the Board of the American Beverage Licensees. Scott has previously served as a Member of the Board of Education of the Albany City School District and on the Board of Directors of the University at Albany Alumni Association. View Guest page

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Mark Willingham


Maj. Mark Willingham, PhD, served with the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco for twenty-eight years and provided alcoholic beverage licensing, regulatory, and law enforcement services. In addition to serving as the Division’s Chief Financial Officer and Chief Training Officer, he served as Florida’s Responsible Vendor Program Administrator, Florida’s Youth and Alcohol Program Administrator, and as a State Hearing Officer in alcohol related matters. Dr. Willingham serves as a litigation consultant and expert witness in alcohol related death and injury cases. He specializes in Dram Shop cases, underage sales and alcoholic beverage premises liability matters and has been engaged in or consulted on over 800 dram shop and related lawsuits. Dr. Willingham has authored 16 alcohol retailer training and guidance documents and published over fifty articles in state and national law enforcement journals on leadership, management, and alcohol related issues. View Guest page

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