Up to three initiatives that concern the privatization of liquor sales in Washington may appear on November's ballot. If approved, the initiatives would have a significant negative effect on underage drinking prevention efforts in our state.
Here are a few talking points about why state-run liquor stores help prevent underage drinking:
The Washington State Liquor Control Board's 94% no-sales-to-minors compliance rate is the highest in the nation. The private-sector compliance rate for alcohol sales is much lower, with rates ranging from 76%-84%.
States with retail monopolies have a lower prevalence of drinking and binge drinking among people between 12 and 25 years old.
Because state-run stores are state property, states can more easily regulate the on-site marketing of alcoholic beverages.
Join WASAVP today and support efforts to maintain liquor control as one tool we have to prevent underage drinking.