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New Beverage Industry Team Seeks Positive Solutions


March 15, 2006

Anchorage, Alaska - Alaska Distributors Co., K&L Distributors, The Odom Corporation, the Alaska Cabaret, Hotel, Restaurant & Retailer's Association (CHARR) and national beverage alcohol manufacturers have joined together to help provide Alaskans with resources to make healthy and responsible choices in their enjoyment of beverage alcohol.

Board members of the newly established Alaska Beverage Council include Joel Kadarauch of The Odom Corporation, Don Grasse of K&L Distributors, Walter John and Bob Bailey of Alaska Distributors Co., Dale Fox of Alaska CHARR and Darwin Biwer of Alaska CHARR.

The council's mission is to provide meaningful resources and solutions in helping Alaskans enjoy alcohol responsibly, reduce drunk driving and eliminate under-age drinking.

The Council will continue to develop the existing Techniques in Alcohol Management (TAM) program, a comprehensive training program that educates servers and sellers of beverage alcohol on the effects of alcohol, how to identify and deal with false identification, customer disturbances and laws, and rules and regulations of serving and selling.  TAM in cooperation with law enforcement, highway safety, substance abuse professionals and liquor control commission, developed the program - administered in Alaska through CHARR.

Additionally the Alaska Beverage Council will continue to develop cab ride programs throughout Alaska's communities.  The cab ride programs, funded by council members, provide free cab rides to Alaskans throughout the year.  The programs have helped reduced the number of drunk drivers and Driving Under the Influence (DUI) incidences in Alaska.  "The Council hopes to continue to reduce the number of drunk drivers and make Alaska's roads safer," said Dale Fox, Alaska Beverage Council board member.

The Alaska Beverage Council is also committed to supporting Alaska's communities and contributes to a number of scholarship, recycling, and litter prevention programs throughout Alaska.  "By joining together, we hope not only to help combat drunk driving and under-age drinking, but to also increase our role as active and involved members of our communities," said Fox.



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