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I-1183: State liquor control doesn’t increase safety

Letter by John A. Falkowski, Milton on Oct. 31, 2011 at 3:06 pm | 7 Comments »
October 31, 2011 3:06 pm

The statements against Initiative 1183 are so false and misleading it’s pathetic.

We are told that state control is paramount in protecting our youth from the increasing presence of alcohol if this bill passes. Let’s examine the factual data between Washington and Massachusetts. The data exists in many formats if one bothers to check. Both states are blue so there is no political slant in the comparisons.

In population, Washington is number 13, Massachusetts is 14. Massachusetts is privately controlled. For the year 2009, deaths per 100,000 under 21 was 0.7 for Massachusetts, 1.6 for Washington, more than double. For deaths under 18, Massachusetts had 88, Washington had 224, almost triple.

According to the Chamber of Commerce for the United States, 65 percent of all underage drinking cases investigated were the result of an adult supplying the alcohol. Private vs. state control made no difference.

As for the increase in per-capita consumption, again data indicate it is higher in state-controlled states because of limited access and limited hours which tends to result in binge buying.

Vote yes on I-1183 and get the state out of the liquor business.

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