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Retail alcohol sale privatization

Health Factors: Alcohol & Drug Use
Decision Makers: Local Government State Government Federal Government
Evidence Rating: Evidence of Ineffectiveness
Population Reach: 50-99% of WI's population
Impact on Disparities: No impact on disparities likely

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Description

Privatization of retail alcohol sales (i.e., repealing government control and allowing commercial retailing of alcoholic beverages) generally applies only to off-premise outlets, such as liquor stores. Privatization could occur at various levels of government (CG-Alcohol).

Evidence of Effectiveness

There is strong evidence that repealing government control and allowing commercial retailing of alcoholic beverages (privatization) increases per capita alcohol consumption (CG-Alcohol). Per capita alcohol consumption is a well-established proxy for excessive consumption (CG-Alcohol).

A Pennsylvania-based study suggests that privatization of alcohol retail sales may increase alcohol outlet density, which can also contribute to increased alcohol consumption (Grubesic 2012).

Citations - Description

CG-Alcohol - The Guide to Community Preventive Services (The Community Guide). Excessive alcohol consumption. Accessed on December 19, 2016

Citations - Evidence

CG-Alcohol - The Guide to Community Preventive Services (The Community Guide). Excessive alcohol consumption. Accessed on December 19, 2016
Grubesic 2012 - Grubesic TH, Murray AT, Pridemore WA, et al. Alcohol beverage control, privatization and the geographic distribution of alcohol outlets. BMC Public Health. 2012;12:1015. Accessed on February 1, 2016

Page Last Updated

May 28, 2013