Category Archives: Alcohol

Infographic: How many drinks per week?

The above chart contains some interesting – and eye-popping – information about American alcohol consumption. First, 60 percent of Americans either don’t drink at all (30 percent) or, on average, have less than one drink per week (30 percent). But the top … Continue reading

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Why a distilled-spirits lobbyist agrees with us on alcohol laws — Sutherland Soapbox, 9/23/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Utah and its elected officials are often lampooned for the alcohol/liquor laws and regulations of the state. The laws are usually portrayed as … Continue reading

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Dueling perspectives on the minimum legal drinking age

Here’s the opinion-based conjecture perspective (provided by Camille Paglia and Time): A drinking age of 21 is responsible for … Making the U.S. like Third World countries The global drug trade Cruelty to young people College binge drinking Date rape … Continue reading

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City Weekly’s querulous ‘fact-check’ article is short on fact-checking

In response to a news release, with accompanying videos, from the LDS Church on Utah’s alcohol control policies, City Weekly published an article claiming to “fact check” the church statement. Reading through the article, the odd thing about it is … Continue reading

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Screaming ‘no’ to reform ignores facts, research on alcohol and driving

Editor’s note: The Salt Lake Tribune published a version of this op-ed here. We are reposting this so that interested readers can view the citations. Alcohol is a merciless killer. Every 53 minutes, alcohol-impaired driving kills someone on the roads … Continue reading

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‘Zion Curtain’ is a useful reminder

The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. In Utah’s liquor wars, it’s no secret that Sutherland Institute supports current laws designed to decrease the sale and consumption of alcohol. … Continue reading

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‘Catastrophically damaging’

According to “economic development” advocates, here’s what “catastrophically damaging” looks like when it comes to drinking in Utah: a few moments of awkward conversation about Utah’s liquor laws when a waiter has to explain to a customer at a restaurant … Continue reading

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Interim Day: Testimony before legislative committee regarding liquor policy

Testimony by Paul Mero before the Business and Labor Interim Committee on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. Mr. Chairman and members of the committee, State liquor policy has been consistent for decades. Utah is a control state. Our policy is to … Continue reading

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Liquor ‘bait-and-switch’ could happen in Utah, too

Chain restaurants – including three that operate in Utah – have been charged with liquor fraud in New Jersey. Examples of fraud ranged from filling premium-brand bottles with cheap alcohol and selling it at premium prices, to pouring dirty water … Continue reading

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Nothing silly or embarrassing about Utah’s liquor laws

With what can only be described as noble indifference – the new political posture of politically correct and “tolerant” Republicans – many otherwise thoughtful Utahns have gone just plain goofy over Utah liquor laws, especially the “Zion Curtain.” Whenever Sutherland … Continue reading

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Children and the culture of drinking

In the recently concluded legislative session, a bill was introduced and passed by the Utah House of Representatives on a 63-11 vote that would have done away with the so-called “Zion Curtain.” Wisely, the Senate stopped such poor public policy … Continue reading

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‘Zion Curtain’ is a matter of culture

The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations: If you were to take a tour of my home, you would immediately notice the symbols of my family’s culture. Our living … Continue reading

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Large sodas, liquor and a free society

The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations: If you’ve ever searched for an infamous example of government overreaching its proper bounds, you need look no further than the New … Continue reading

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We regulate alcohol to protect innocent lives

We often hear the question, “Why does Utah regulate and restrict the ability to sell and purchase alcoholic drinks so much?” A practical answer to that question, based on empirical research and analysis, is because doing so is good for individuals, … Continue reading

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Research backs up Utah’s alcohol laws, part 2: CDC recommendations

  It turns out Utah’s “backward” alcohol laws are not so backward – they’re right in line with recommendations issued by a task force newly formed by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In the fall, I … Continue reading

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