The Research

According to a 2015 bipartisan national poll commissioned by the Center for Alcohol Policy, the American Public overwhelmingly supports the current system of alcohol regulation in the U.S. and believes that alcohol regulation is important:

  • In a survey of adults in the United States:
    • 89 percent agree that it is very important to keep the American alcohol industry regulated. 
    • 82 percent agree that parents, police officers, and retailers already have a difficult challenge keeping alcohol out of the hands of minors.
    • 70 percent believe that alcohol should not be sold just like other consumer goods. 
    • 91 percent agree that it is easy to find a wide variety of beer, wine, and liquor in their community.
    • 84 percent agree that there are more local and craft beer and liquor available in their community today than ever before.

According to a study completed in Colorado, IF grocery and convenience stores were allowed to move from 3.2% beer to sell full strength beer and wine:

  • Traditional liquor stores will lose 50 percent of their beer sales in the first year alone, and 70 percent within 3-5 years, resulting in the loss of 4,830 jobs, and 8,600 jobs within 3 years. 
  • Distribution practices will favor volume over smaller products, and will greatly impact Colorado-based microbreweries, wineries, and spirit distilleries. It will become more difficult for these products to find their way to market shelves.
  • Consumers will have fewer choices.
  • Corporate profits to out-of-state corporations will replace Colorado proprietor income.

A Kansas Health Institute study confirmed that expanding liquor licenses to grocery and convenience stores has the potential to increase underage drinking, traffic fatalities, etc.