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Interesting View On Alcohol Sales
Pamela S. Erickson
Campaign for a Healthy Alcohol Marketplace
|Specialized Alcohol Retail Stores are the Best Option for Public Health and Safety
by Pamela S. Erickson
|The expansion of alcohol access is creating increased problems for our communities. More stores are seeking and getting the privilege of selling alcohol without adequate controls. Drugstores such as Walgreens have added alcohol products to their stores. For Indiana alone that meant over 160 new outlets. Deep discount “dollar stores” are seeking liquor licenses as are convenience stores. Supermarkets are using their legal and political dollars to change regulations so they can sell all types of alcohol at any time their store is open. The vote for privatization in Washington State more than tripled the number of hard liquor outlets. Almost immediately, liquor thefts increased. Although many new licensees are responsible operators, research has shown that increased outlets can bring increases in underage drinking, public intoxication, crime, and public nuisances. These situations also increase the burden on local law enforcement. Here are some specific problems:
Everyone should be concerned about selling alcohol in more places without the controls that exist in specialty stores. Whether these stores are privately licensed or in public ownership, the controls are critical. Specialty stores usually prohibit minors from entering. Their clerks become skilled at checking ID, spotting fake ID and identifying the signs of intoxication. These stores usually cannot afford to offer deep discounts on alcohol that are attractive to youth and problem drinkers. In contrast, supermarkets that average over 38,000 other products can drastically drop prices on a few items and make up the profit on these other items. Specialty stores make almost all their income from alcohol sales. Therefore, they are more likely to take compliance seriously because they risk losing their whole business, not just sales from one of many products.
All states should review their alcohol retail laws to ensure they have adequate controls such as: