Summer 2010 • Issue 20

 

APIS Announces New Web Site Design: Easier Access to High-Quality State-by-State Alcohol Policies Data

The Alcohol Policy Information System (APIS), a database assembled and run by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), has improved users’ access to its cache of data with a new, streamlined Web site design. APIS’s State-by-State collection of alcohol policy data is now available through a new homepage that links to a variety of policy topics.

Image of APIS websiteAPIS provides direct access to information on the adoption of 35 alcohol-related laws and policies by jurisdictions across the Nation. The new homepage groups the policies by topic, such as those related to underage drinking, blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limits, or taxation.

A new tab-based format allows users to switch readily between background data, timelines, charts and maps, and other information showing the status of each policy. Data for the 50 States and the District of Columbia, as well as information on relevant Federal laws, are provided.

Each policy also has tabs providing definitions of terms and detailed instructions on how to use the site, including how to filter, sort, and download data.

The new APIS site also provides contextual information of use to policy researchers. This includes policy background notes, enforcement and compliance information, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Alcohol–Highway Safety Digest data, NIH program announcements, and links to applicable data sets.

The APIS Web site is available at: http://www.alcoholpolicy.niaaa.nih.gov/