Tag Archives: alcohol

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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Capitol Daily Video: Legislature approves 90 new liquor licenses

During its special session on Wednesday, the Utah Legislature approved 90 new liquor licenses. Watch this video report to learn more, including an interview with Sen. John Valentine (R-Orem): httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGB7nKmY3I0&feature=youtu.be Here’s the script of the video: 

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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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Drug legalization and ‘victimless crimes’

  Before I’m willing to sit down and discuss innovative ways we can reform the criminalization of drugs (and any related alcohol issues in Utah), I need to make clear a fundamental perspective about human action and free will that, … Continue reading

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Research backs up Utah’s alcohol laws

  Recently, a colleague of mine wrote a blog post about the flaws in the thinking of a group that opposes one of Utah’s alcohol laws. That blog post started an interesting dialogue on our comment board about whether data … Continue reading

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So what was the DABC drinking, anyway?

  If recent media reports surrounding the performance of the state’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (DABC) have left you scratching your head, you’re not alone. Information from the media over the past few months has ranged from singing the … Continue reading

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Alcohol Regulation: Moral Issue or Economics Issue?

In recent weeks, there has been talk of privatizing Utah’s liquor stores.  Most likely, this debate has gained traction with the announced closure of 10 state liquor stores (one closed, but the other nine will remain open).  As some people … Continue reading

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