According to a new study by the Alcohol Research Group at the Public Health Institute published this month in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 53 million Americans, or 1-in-5, have been hurt in the past year due to someone else's heavy drinking. The study surveyed 9,000 adults.
This article is pretty fascinating. The conservative Tavern League of Wisconsin is pitted against the Libertarian/Conservative/Koch Brothers funded Americans for Prosperity and the Wisconsin Brewers Guild. The issues are whether brewers can distribute their own products, whether private landowners can buy their own alcohol for weddings and events, whether distilleries, wineries and breweries can operate as taverns, and on and on. There seems to be a lot of growth in the likely outdated 3-tier system we have (producers, distributors, vendors), but not much discussion about the costs to municipalities, nonprofits and healthcare systems. Wisconsin has not raised taxes on beer sales since 1969. It is $2 per barrel, or about $ 0.01 per 12 oz bottle of beer, ranking at 48th lowest out of 50 states. This doesn't include our state's 5% sales tax... it is just a excise 'sin tax' to help offset the estimated $6.8 billion dollars that the state spends on the public's use of alcohol (incarceration, law enforcement, mental health treatment, crime, lost productivity, etc.).
Noosh, at 1437 Regent St., is opening Madison's second late night sober bar. They will serve food and nonalcoholic drinks until Midnight from Thursday to Saturday, according to a recent Cap Time article (link below). The first sober spot in recent history is Communication, at 2645 Milwaukee St., which describes itself as an all-ages music and art space.
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.