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user-inactivated  ·  1215 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: A Simple Fix for Drunken Driving

Missouri has some of the most permissive liquor laws in the country. No open container law, no state liquor stores, no dry counties. If you want liquor any time of day or night you can get it anywhere that wants to sell it. Do we have the highest rates of alcoholism, DUIs, or alcohol related incidents? No.

So I don't want to deal with that government nonsense when not having it doesn't seem to have the negative effect that you're presenting it does.

Fair prices on alcohol is also not true. Liquor in Sweden costs about twice as much as it does in Germany and three times as much for beer.

And here's a fun fact:

Many Swedes consider the regulation of access to alcohol through Systembolaget as necessary because otherwise they expect that even more people become alcoholics. About 4,4% of the Swedish population has an alcohol-related disease or addiction. Which is why the Swedish state tries to reduce and limit the consumption, not least through high prices in Systembolaget or tax. Researchers believe that opening the alcohol market for private businesses could possibly lead to an increase of alcohol consumption of about 30% – maybe even long term.

Our alcoholism rates of incidence aren't even published. They have to be lumped in with binge drinking and called alcohol use disorders. Even with binge drinking in the past month (defined as drinking more than 5 drinks in a night) qualifying you as a member of this set we still only hit 7% in the country.

It's just not a solution that works like you're saying and it's a huge detriment to people like me who drink responsibly.