ABC Commission North Carolina's Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission is the regulator for all alcoholic beverages in the state. As such, the Commission works to promote a healthy hospitality industry and takes an interest in raising awareness about the growing number of legal distilleries, wineries and breweries now operating in North Carolina. North Carolina is one of 17 states to regulate alcohol through a control system. Since 1937, the North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission has provided regulation and control over the sale, purchase, transportation, manufacture, consumption and possession of alcoholic beverages in the state of North Carolina. The Commission oversees permits allowing alcohol sales by more than 18,000 retail outlets across the state. The Commission has focused on reducing underage drinking as a key issue for the agency in the last year. In May 2014, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory officially launched the Initiative to Reduce Underage Drinking when he signed an executive order creating the Task Force to Combat Substance Abuse and Underage Drinking.