Alcohol Monopoly Privatization and More Alcohol Availability

Many groups and people oppose alcohol monopoly privatization.


I.   Beliefs about Alcohol Policy

II.  Case Study

III. Resources

I. Beliefs about Alcohol Policy

Of course, public employee unions fight against it hard for obvious reasons. And many temperance oriented groups also strongly oppose increasing the availability of alcohol. That includes limiting these.

    • Number of stores that can sell alcohol.
    • Days and hours of alcohol sales.
    • Quantities that a customer may buy.
    • Alcohol content (proof) of beverages.
    • Alcohol ads.

Such groups generally favor increasing these.

    • Alcohol taxes.
    • Fees on alcohol producers, wholesalers, and retailers.
    • Expanding warning labels and signs.
    • Server liability for any problems from drinking.

In addition, they

    • Strongly oppose government alcohol monopoly privatization.
    • Support requiring warning labels on all alcohol ads.
    • Promote  lowering the legal BAC level for driving.
    • Advocate eliminating the tax deductibility of alcohol beverages as a business expense.
    • Oppose alcohol education that presents drinking in moderation by adults as normal. Also as acceptable.
    • Call for prohibiting alcohol company sponsorship of sports events.

II. Case Study: Alcohol Monopoly Privatization

 alcohol monopoly privatizationThe state of Washington had state alcohol monopoly privatization in 2012. At the same time, there was a massive expansion of alcohol availability. So people were suddenly able to buy alcohol in about 1,500 licensed stores. So clearly, that was a massive expansion of availability.

Many special interest groups predicted a great increase in alcohol consumption. So researchers decided to test the impact of alcohol monopoly privatization. Also, of the dramatic expansion of alcohol availability.

They sampled 2,289 adults in three surveys during 2014 and 2015. The adults reported their typical monthly quantity and frequency of alcohol consumption before privatization. They also reported their current past month quantity and frequency.

The researchers found no change in the quantity and frequency of alcohol consumption after the change.alcohol monopoly privatization

III. Resources

Alcohol Monopoly Privatization

    • So is alcohol monopoly privatization desirable? You be the judge.