The Alcohol Policy Information System (APIS), a project of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), has expanded its resources for assisting studies on the effects of alcohol-related policies adopted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. APIS is an online resource that provides detailed information on a variety of alcohol-related policies in the United States at both state and federal levels, as well as policy information regarding the recreational use of cannabis.

APIS recently added a dataset that includes state-level policies affecting alcohol availability during the COVID-19 pandemic, in a format that helps researchers incorporate the policies in statistical and other quantitative analyses. Data are available for all 50 states and Washington, D.C.

The new dataset and accompanying codebook, which provides definitions for the variables covered in the dataset, complement the Digest of State Alcohol-Related Laws During the COVID-19 Emergency for On-Premise and Off-Premise Establishments. This APIS resource reports the effective dates of selected alcohol-related policies adopted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic at the state-level and provides links to source material from official state websites.

The current releases of the Digest and the new dataset provide information from the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic through October 15, 2020. 

APIS also provides a link to the surveillance report, Alcohol Sales During the COVID-19 Pandemic published by the Alcohol Epidemiology Data System, a project of NIAAA. This resource provides state-level data on per capita alcohol sales during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

All of these resources are available at the APIS COVID-19 webpage and will be updated periodically.


The Alcohol Policy Information System (APIS) is supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHSN275201800002C.