Alcohol Policy

Publications

, Reason
Coloradans Might Fix Their Arcane Booze Rules
C. Jarrett Dieterle

Colorado is known for many things: Beautiful mountain vistas, epic skiing, and, in recent years, a fairly freewheeling attitude toward weed. According to industry observers, the state consistently…

Capturing the COVID Booze Wave, Part 2—It’s Tsunami Time
C. Jarrett Dieterle

Around this time last year, we published our comprehensive tracker to “capture” just how large the COVID-19 alcohol reform wave really was. We tracked every to-go or delivery alcohol reform that…

, The Detroit News
Looser liquor laws boosted restaurants — and maybe problem drinking
C. Jarrett Dieterle

From The Detroit News:

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…

, Reason
The Biden Administration Can’t Make Up Its Mind About Alcohol
C. Jarrett Dieterle

This administration can’t make up its mind about alcohol. Sometimes it brags that the industry is thriving. Sometimes it acts like the business needs a government intervention.

Last year President…

, Orange County Register
California’s latest attempt at to-go cocktail freedom
C. Jarrett Dieterle

California followed many states in passing a to-go cocktail bill last year that, despite its flaws, offered a lifeline for struggling restaurants as the COVID-19 pandemic kept people away from public…

, Reason
New Jersey Cracks Down on Breweries for Hosting Trivia Nights, Serving Food
C. Jarrett Dieterle

Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, New Jersey refused to allow breweries to deliver their brews to people’s houses, even though taprooms were forced to close on account of stay-at-home orders. Now,…

, Reason
New Study Finds To-Go Alcohol Did Not Increase Drunk Driving Deaths
C. Jarrett Dieterle

It is no secret that COVID-19 and the resulting lockdowns had unpredictable impacts on our economy. Policy makers were forced to adapt on the fly to keep the country moving. One of the best examples…

The Facts about To-Go Alcohol and Drunk Driving: The Covid-19 Experience
C. Jarrett Dieterle

INTRODUCTION
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the concept of to-go alcohol was largely unheard of in America. Certain locales, such as New Orleans, offered so-called “go-cups” for alcoholic…

, Reason
Massachusetts Lawmakers Say They Want to Loosen Booze Rules. This Proposal Would Do the Opposite.
Sarah Wall & C. Jarrett Dieterle

When it comes to alcohol, Massachusetts is downright reactionary. Unfortunately, a new “reform” proposal that’s backed by entrenched business interests is only likely to continue that…

, The American Spectator
A Disturbing Precedent for America
C. Jarrett Dieterle

When it comes to the lawmaking process, many say you don’t want to know “how the sausage is made.” Sadly, Minnesota has recently taken this to new heights with one rancid batch of legislative…

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