modernization of alcohol laws

The Consumer Choice Center stands for modernization of alcohol laws. 

Our goal is to promote smarter regulations on alcohol that will best promote consumer choice.

The primary tools by which we’ve spread this message include written opinion articles in major media, press releases, social media campaigns and graphics, radio and TV interviews, organization of grassroots events, and written submissions to governmental authorities.

We’ve heard from consumers that want sensible alcohol reform, want to remove liquor monopolies, lower taxes on alcohol, and want to open up the market so more people can enjoy new craft spirits, beers, and wines.

Overall, we advocate for reforms and modernization that will lower alcohol prices and promote responsible alcohol consumption.

Important points:

  • Allow brand freedom so companies to use marketing to inform consumers about their products
  • End state monopolies on alcohol sales
  • Shut down wasteful local liquor control boards in favor of single state licenses for alcohol sales
  • Allow the online sale and shipping of alcohol across state lines
  • Allow home delivery of beer, wine, and spirits
  • Remove caps on beer brewers’ ability to distribute without wholesalers
  • Allow alcohol tasting rooms at breweries and distilleries
  • Allow on-site sales at breweries and distilleries

VIDEOS

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Media Hits

THS The History Society

US Prohibition: The Noble Experiment?

Podcast by The History Society Prohibition in the United States was dubbed the “Noble Experiment”. For 13  long, dry, and dreary years, the government aimed to keep alcohol out of the hands of its citizens, creating a litany of unintended consequences that continue to have an impact today. In this...

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Business Day

Prohibition has never and will never lead to smokers quitting

SA should learn from Australian tobacco policy failures, and stick to education rather than over-regulation It is now beyond clear that SA’s continued ban on tobacco-related products has been a total disaster in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. The government loses R35m in tax revenue every day, and...

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African Liberty

Blatant Tobacco Sales Bans are Terrible for Public Health

Al Capone is one of the most infamous criminals in history. Countless books and movies have elevated his name to a level that even during his lifetime, few imagined possible. His crime-syndicate, the “Chicago Outfit” fought bloody gang wars over the production and supply of illegal alcohol. The United...

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Yes Weekly

Consumers and Bar/Restaurant Owners say “YES” to HB 536

The Consumer Choice Center endorses a safe and timely return to business for areas with a lower risk for coronavirus outbreak Raleigh, N.C. – Yesterday, the NC State Senate passed HB 536, the bill intended to safely re-open bars and restaurants in accordance with the guidelines set by both...

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New York, Texas Ease Alcohol Delivery Law Amid COVID-19 Crisis

MOST STATES DON’T ALLOW CONSUMERS TO PURCHASE ALCOHOL ONLINE FOR DELIVERY. Around the country, law against alcohol delivery are strict, which presents an interesting situation given the mass social isolation from the COVID-19 outbreak.  According to Consumer Choice Center, Arizona, Florida, Hawaii, Nebraska, and New Hampshire are the only...

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No crisis unused: Eurocare argues for a ban on alcohol sponsorship in sports

While the world is battling the Coronavirus crisis, the European Alcohol Policy Alliance (EUROCARE) is facing a different goliath: alcohol sponsorship… in sports? A head-scratcher of sorts, especially given that the sports industry will fall on hard times this year if COVID-19 drags on. With cancelled events and games,...

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COVID-19 and craft beer: Normally only 12 states allow delivery of all alcohol. Why is that?

COVID-19 has exposed many holes in America’s state alcohol laws. Maryland just suspended its shortsighted craft beer carryout purchase limits because it only legally allowed one case per customer. The likes of Colorado, California and even Texas are allowing bars and restaurants now to sell alcohol to-go, which is not normally...

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When we’re back to normal: Free up spirits sales

Prince Edward Island made an international stir on Thursday by closing its liquor and cannabis stores on the grounds they were not providing essential services and therefore should be shuttered in the face of the pandemic. That may well have been the right decision. But it likely caused millions...

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Pregnancy health warning labels are biased and flawed

When I was in the 7th form, our biology teacher showed us a smoker’s lung model followed by a brief explanation of the negative effects of smoking. But the model of the damaged lungs itself was enough to educate me, a 13-year-old, about the health consequences I would have...

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N.C. ABC stores remain open throughout state; liquor delivery not an option

N.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control stores remain open throughout the state, although many staff members within the ABC system are working from home. The stores have established new protocols to minimize direct contact between the public and staff working on site, Jeff Strickland, ABC spokesman, said in an email. “Our...

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Stuck at home? We should be able to have our alcohol delivered

This week, millions of Americans will be following the advice of their public health agencies and staying home to prevent the further spread of the novel coronavirus. Where possible, many will have food and drinks delivered to help support the thousands of restaurants, cafes, and grocery stores that have...

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Supreme Court Makes the Right Decision on Modernizing Alcohol Laws

CONTACT: Yaël Ossowski Deputy Director @YaelOss yael@consumerchoicecenter.org Washington, D.C. – In a 7-2 decision handed down yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Tennesse law that prohibits new state residents from obtaining liquor licenses. The law required a two-year residency in the state before applicants could apply for...

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Last Call should be extended for all consumers, not just politicians

CONTACT:Yaël OssowskiDeputy Director@YaelOssyael@consumerchoicecenter.org Last Call should be extended for all consumers, not just politicians Charlotte, NC – Yesterday it was reported that North Carolina Republicans have introduced a provision that would allow bars, clubs, and restaurants to stay open until 4 AM during the 2020 Republican National Convention. Consumer Choice Center Deputy...

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OPINION: Craft Beer Law a Win for Consumer Choice, But We Need More Alcohol Reform

Consumer Choice Center Deputy Director Yaël Ossowski applauded the move but said more needs to be done for true alcohol reform in North Carolina. “This new law will allow breweries to expand and ship more product across the state, giving North Carolina consumers greater access to their favorite craft...

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More Toronto grocery stores will soon be carrying booze

David Clement, Toronto-based North American Affairs Manager of the Consumer Choice Center (CCC), said that the announcement is a step in the right direction. “The move helps underserved regions, while maxing out the amount of grocery stores allowed under the Master Framework Agreement (MFA). It is positive to see...

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Two big victories for consumer choice and modernized alcohol policy

The warm months are delivering some great news when it comes to increased consumer choice and modernized alcohol policy across North America. ONTARIO The first success story comes from the Canadian province of Ontario, where Premier Doug Ford has announced the end of the province’s exclusive contract with The...

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More LCBO ‘agency stores’ to open

The latest move by the Ford government is being met with praise by the Consumer’s Choice Centre. Northern American Affairs Manager David Clement said this agreement signals the provincial government is going to take steps to increase consumer access and choice. “This is a positive policy from our perspective,”...

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Almost 300 more Ontario stores to be allowed to sell alcohol, province says

David Clement, of the Consumer Choice Center, praised the expansion announced Thursday, saying consumers across the province would appreciate more access to alcoholic drinks over the summer months.

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Don’t blame Doug Ford for the costs of breaking unfair beer retailing contracts

Opinion: We should blame politicians who set up and maintained a system that has both inconvenienced and overcharged consumers for nearly a century. A lot has changed in the last 92 years, but Ontario’s alcohol policy is one thing that has remained largely the same. Following the repeal of...

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