The International Center for Alcohol Policies (ICAP) is a not-for-profit organization, supported by major producers of beverage alcohol.
As a basis for open dialogue with the scientific and public health communities, and as a contribution to meaningful discourse about beverage alcohol's role in society, the companies sponsoring ICAP believe that:
- The vast majority of people who consume beverage alcohol do so responsibly and to enhance the quality of their lives.
- When consumed moderately and in a responsible manner by individuals with good health and dietary habits, who have no medical reason to refrain from drinking, beverage alcohol is associated with few risks of harm and has been reported to have some beneficial effects on health.
- Irresponsible consumption of beverage alcohol is associated with a variety of risks both to the individual and to the public in health, social, economic, and safety contexts. Irresponsible consumption refers to high levels of intake, either on single occasions or repeatedly, or to drinking in inappropriate circumstances or by those who should not be drinking at all.
- Alcohol policies need to be based on an objective understanding of available research about alcohol and should aim to create a reasonable balance of government regulation, industry self-regulation, and individual responsibility.