Looser liquor laws boosted restaurants — and maybe problem drinking
And some say the changes states made during the pandemic just put alcohol on an equal footing with other products.
“COVID brought about a long-delayed reckoning about how alcohol is regulated and controlled in our country,” said C. Jarrett Dieterle, a senior fellow at the R Street Institute, a free-market think tank in Washington, D.C.
“Things that were commonplace in other industries, like two-day delivery for every other product under the sun,” didn’t apply to alcohol, Dieterle said. “People realized the dissonance.”