Ban on Alcohol Ads in College Newspapers Lifted by Federal Court

A federal court has lifted Virginia's ban on alcohol advertising in college newspapers. The prohibition came from the state's Alcohol Beverage Control agency.

College newspapers took the agency to court arguing that it violated the constitutional right to free speech guaranteed by the First Amendment to United States Constitution, that it did not reduce irresponsible drinking, and that it deprived the newspapers of needed revenue.

A court earlier overturned a similar rule in Pennsylvania as being an unconstitutional violation of free speech.


  • A right ruling on newspapers: Alcohol ads should be permitted. Daily News Record, April 4, 2008.