Practical Guides for Alcohol Policy Development or Improvement

Practical Guides for Alcohol Policy and Targeted Intervention (ICAP Blue Book) has been published by the International Center for Alcohol Policies (ICAP) to assist in the development or improvement of alcohol policies.

The ICAP Blue Book is based on three elements:

  1. Drinking patterns and their outcomes as a sound scientific basis for developing policy;
  2. Targeted interventions to address “at-risk” populations, potentially harmful environments, and drinking patterns; and
  3. Partnerships that promote the involvement of public and private groups, the community and civil society all working toward a common goal.

The book addresses a range of needs, including:

  • Targeting groups at high risk for harm;
  • Discouraging harmful drinking patterns and encouraging those that are beneficial; and
  • Providing science-based information as a basis for effective actions and policies.

Topics covered include:

Alcohol Education
Life Skills
Social Norms Marketing
Responsible Hospitality
Binge Drinking
Drinking and Violence
At-risk Populations
Women and Alcohol
Drinking and Pregnancy
Young People and Alcohol
Legal Age Limits
Alcohol and the family
Family-based Prevention
Drinking and Driving
Blood Alcohol Concentration Limits
Alcohol Dependence and Treatment
Early Identification and Brief Intervention
Drinking Guidelines
Standard Drinks
Non-commercial Alcohol
Drinking and the Workplace
Alcohol and the elderly.

The most current version of the Blue Book is available on ICAP’s website at To learn more or to receive a copy of the book, contact:

International Center for Alcohol Policies
1519 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036 USA
Tel: +1 (202) 986-1159
Fax: +1 (202) 986-2080


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