Weekly Standard Features Mackinac Center Research

Examining government alcohol control across the country

In a recent article about government control of alcohol sales and distribution, the Weekly Standard referenced a 2012 Mackinac Center for Public Policy report that found government control of alcohol sales does not always have the desired effect.

Governments that control the sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages say it's necessary to fulfill their Prohibition-era mandate to restrict alcohol consumption. But a 2012 Mackinac Center report by Michael LaFaive and Antony Davies measured alcohol-related deaths by state and found that lightly regulated "license" states tended to have lower alcohol-related death rates than highly regulated "control" states. Eight of the 10 states with the lowest alcohol-related death rates are license states.

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The full article, The Liquor Stores Prohibition Gave Us, can be read online at The Weekly Standard.  

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