OPINION: Do Not Privatize Liquor Sales In NC

By: Guest - Tonya Roberts
By: Guest - Tonya Roberts

Tanya Roberts with the Onslow County Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force shares her thoughts on why liquor sales in North Carolina should not be privatized.

April is recognized as Alcohol Awareness Month and our Governor has signed a statewide proclamation of acknowledgement.  As a prevention advocate, I think this month is an excellent time to think about the responsible use of alcohol.  This is not about abstinence or prohibition.

As the media coordinator for the Onslow County Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force, it is of interest to me how many stories are reported about famous actors and sports players who are arrested for DUIs and how many local, every day people are killed by drunk drivers.

It is for these very reasons that privatizing liquor sales in NC should not happen. I am all for the free market of our capitalist society, but it is important that our current government regulations remain intact, with a better system of checks and balances.  One of the problems with not having our state control the distribution of alcohol is that it opens the market up to an endless number of outlets able to sell liquor.  With an increase in the number of retail outlets, the number of alcohol related incidents rise – crime, abuse, car crashes, underage drinking, etc.

So, during the month of April, think about the next time you drive your car to work or a family outing.  In every eighth car you pass on the highway – someone has been drinking.  After 10pm, in every third car you pass – someone has been drinking.  Are you okay with this number increasing? 

If you would like more information, please feel free to call me at (252) 665-3424 or email tanya@ccsap.org.  The Onslow County Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force is part of a regional collaboration – Coastal Coalition for Substance Abuse Prevention – that serves Carteret, Craven, Jones, Onslow and Pamlico counties, focusing on preventing underage drinking, reducing the incidents of alcohol related car crashes, and the illegal use of prescription drugs by youth and adults.  

Respectfully Submitted,

Tanya P. Roberts, Media Coordinator

CCSAP

 

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  • by Lynn Location: Greenville on Apr 9, 2010 at 06:41 AM
    So what can I do?
  • by John Location: Greenville on Apr 6, 2010 at 07:02 AM
    Hey Tanya. Thanks for your opinion, I do not agree.
  • by Nathan Location: Eastern NC on Apr 4, 2010 at 12:01 AM
    I'm all for responsible drinking. More often than not, I'm the designated driver. I like driving more than I like drinking, by a large margin. That being said, there is no benefit to society to limit alcohol sales to Monday through Saturday or 7am-2am. Making it inconvenient only means that people will stock up, which means more alcohol sold and more alcohol is out there. If it's freely available at all hours, there's no reason to stock up. And the less a family stocks, the more likely they are to notice if their underage children are getting into it. So that argument can be spun both ways. As a former resident of CA -- a state with privatized liquor sales -- I can tell you that "alcohol related problems" are no less or greater here or there. Though I am sure we will both agree, regardless of the political and economical climate surrounding liquor, safety is by far the most important consideration.
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