The Capitol Times reports that State Line Distillery, including a tasting room, is set to open next month on Northern Court, just off of Williamson St. The distillery plans to make up to 7,000 cases of gin, vodka and eventually whiskey for sale per year. The project cost $1.2 million.
According to a recent article in the Capitol Times, falls due to drinking among seniors (defined at 65 and over) result in more deaths than from drunk driving over the past ten years. Drinking rates (including binge drinking) are also higher. The death rate from falls overall in Wisconsin are twice as high as the national average.
Read the full article here: http://host.madison.com/ct/news/local/health-med-fit/losing-their-footing-more-wisconsin-seniors-are-drinking-falling-and/article_35c6584e-8c2e-11e7-9f44-9f4244b5c44a.html
According to a 2016 Wisconsin Department of Health Services report, Wisconsin continues to have a both higher alcohol consumption (10 percentage points higher than the national average) and binge drinking rate (22% of adults binge drink - the 3rd highest in the US). Wisconsin also endures higher social costs from drinking than other states including injuries, arrests, lost work, public safety calls, hospitalizations and deaths.
Read the full report here: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/publications/p4/p45718-16.pdf
Despite the location of Star Liquor being almost next door, the Willy St. Coop has decided to move ahead with applying for an alcohol license to sell beer, wine and cider. The proposal expects to increase Co-op sales by $400,000 per year, but without any impact to Star. A recent neighborhood meeting was held, and from the tone of posts on the neighborhood message boards, it appears as though there will not be much opposition.
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I am an advanced practice social worker (CAPSW), psychotherapist and addiction counselor living in Madison, Wisconsin. I created this blog to raise awareness about drinking culture, alcohol outlet density, alcohol policy, alcohol dependence and risks.