A 5 year study looking at 1 million study participants showed that heavy drinking is related to early onset dementia. The study was published in the Lancet medical journal.
Senate leader Scott Fitzgerald proposes bill to reshape Wisconsin's alcohol regulations; Former Rep. Jeff Fitzgerald joins alcohol lobbying group
Senate leader Scott Fitzgerald is rushing to propose legislation that would completely reshape Wisconsin laws regarding alcohol production, distribution and retail. The proposal includes support of large resorts like the one in Kohler to be exempt from laws that are currently on the books.
Meanwhile, Scott's brother Jeff has joined Paladin Consulting (paladincg.com/clients.html) a top lobbying firm that represents the American Beverage association and the Wisconsin Beer Distributors' Association.
This looks like a great tool! www.cdc.gov/alcohol/pdfs/CDC-Guide-for-Measuring-Alcohol-Outlet-Density.pdf
An alcohol license has been proposed for I/O Arcade Bar (ioarcade.bar/) at 720 Williamson St. The license application goes before the Alcohol License Review Committee on March 21st and the City Council on April 10th. There have not been any neighborhood meetings that I am aware of.
The popular NPR show and podcast "On the Media" has spent an hour discussing alcohol on its recent episode. AA, drinking fatalities in France and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy are discussed with guests Gabrielle Glasser and Dr. David Nutt.
Another great show I watched on Netflix this week was the Ken Burns' documentary "Prohibition." I highly recommend checking out both of these shows.
Madison City Council to vote to overturn Click and Collect veto; Discussion about Soglin moratorium on liquor licenses
The Madison City Council will discuss two controversial proposals involving liquor licenses at its Tuesday, February 6th meeting. The public is invited to submit comments to City alders using the email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The two items include a possible overturn of Mayor Paul Soglin's veto of so-called "Click and Collect" or drive-up liquor purchases at grocery stores like Pic 'N Save and Wal-Mart, and Soglin's separate proposal to enact a moratorium on new liquor licenses to restaurants and bars in high-density and high-police-call areas.
I encourage citizens to urge their city representatives to vote against overturning the veto, and to support the moratorium and to encourage that the city consider widening the moratorium to include areas outside the downtown such as the Williamson-Marquette-Atwood neighborhood. I have advocated that the city ban new liquor licenses in city districts that have a density of 1 outlet per 400 residents or higher.
Update: Alders (including city council president Marsha Rummel) failed over overturn the Click and Collect veto, but have pledged to try again later this month.
I highly recommend this podcast episode from How Stuff Works, not because I support chronic use of marijuana (I do not) but rather because the harm of overuse of alcohol vs. marijuana are not even close. The podcast also talks about how marijuana use has led to decreases in binge drinking according to some studies.
About this blog
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with a background in addictions counseling living in Madison, Wisconsin. I created this blog to raise awareness about drinking culture, alcohol outlet density, alcohol policy, alcohol dependence and risks.