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

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Bitter taste of alcohol ban

Fitch Solutions expects South Africa’s alcohol industry to contract more than 5% following months on the ban on the sale of alcohol during COVID-19 lockdown regulations. Fitch said its revised alcoholic drinks consumption forecast for 2020 takes into account the impact of COVID-19 measures on both the supply and...

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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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End North Carolina’s archaic monopoly on liquor sales

When it comes to alcohol policy, North Carolina is more an outlier than exemplar. Though ours is among 17 states with an alcohol control system, where the state retains monopoly control of part of the alcohol trade, it stands out as one of the most restrictive. Private liquor stores are banned, prices are fixed, and […]

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The Beer Store Is Flat Out Wrong on Consumer Choice

Toronto, ON —On February 1st, Ontario’s public consultation on alcohol policy officially closed. The Ford Government sought out feedback on how Ontario could modernize its alcohol market. Unfortunately, some entities, like The Beer Store, have actively pushed back against increased consumer access. The Beer Store’s President Ted Moroz recently argued that if the province allows for beer […]

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How Doug Ford can modernize Ontario’s alcohol market

Doug Ford has built his brand on putting the people, who are ultimately consumers, first. Refining Ontario’s alcohol market was a priority for Doug Ford on the campaign trail. He proudly proclaimed that convenience stores provincewide should be able to sell beer and wine. Since taking office, he’s reduced minimum pricing on beer, cancelled an […]

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Eighty-Five years since prohibition, but have we learnt anything?

This Wednesday was a special day. In the Netherlands, Dutch children celebrated the coming of Sinterklaas (along with his controversial helper Zwarte Piet). Walt Disney would have celebrated his 117th birthday. It was also world soil day, apparently. But the 5th of December 2018 also marked a particularly special anniversary: the end of prohibition in the United States. Eighty-five years ago, […]

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Province unveils its first economic outlook and fiscal review

THE SAULT STAR: The move for the extended hours is welcomed by the Consumer Choice Centre. David Clement, North American Affairs manager for Consumer Choice Centres said “There is still a lot that needs to be done to modernize Ontario’s alcohol regulations. As we know from polling data, Ontario residents want increased access and for the […]

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Government to extend hours to buy booze

BAY TODAY: David Clement, Toronto-based North American Affairs Manager of the Consumer Choice Center said: “Expanded retail hours for alcohol sales definitely benefits consumers. Expanding retail hours is a good first step, but there is still a lot that needs to be done to modernize Ontario’s alcohol regulations. As we know from polling data, Ontario residents want increased […]

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Minimum alcohol pricing doesn’t work

Criticising the Welsh government’s decision to introduce minimum unit pricing for alcohol, Bill Wirtz argues it is possible to curb consumer drinking through education rather than the heavy hand of the law. There should, however, be no ambiguity about one point: the consumption of alcohol does bring health risks that all consumers should be aware […]

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‘No Additional Health Benefit’ Dail to vote on alcohol price hike’

SHEmazing: Bill Wirtz, Policy Analyst for the Consumer Choice Center has said that the act will have little impact on public health and an impact on the pockets of the most financially vulnerable. ‘The evidence in favour of minimum alcohol pricing is simply not here. In a 2013 review of 19 studies, only two found […]

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Why Is the Nanny State so Popular?

FEE: Bans on plastic straws, soda taxes, bans on diesel cars, the crackdown on smoking, restrictions on alcohol consumption: the list of restrictions on people’s personal freedoms is steadily increasing. But why is the Nanny State so popular?

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Is Moral Panic Justified? The Effect of Alcohol Privatization on Impaired Driving in Alberta

By Heather Bone, Research Fellow, Consumer Choice Center Nearly every time the prospect of privatizing alcohol sales in Ontario is debated, there is a moral panic. If alcohol sales are privatized, the argument goes, alcohol will be more easily accessible, and there will be an increase in alcohol-related crime. In this research brief, I investigate […]

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N.C. alcohol rules should join the 21st century

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Due to strict N.C. alcohol laws, online merchants such as Amazon can’t stock your favorite wines, craft beers or liquors unless they follow a very strict line of regulations. READ MORE: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article208148184.html#storylink=cpy

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Irish tax on alcohol is enough to drive everyone to drink

TIMES OF LONDON: Consumer Choice Center’s Bill Wirtz is published in the London Times: “We need to recognise that consumers have the right to make choices. This implies that they make the choice to drink because they are allowed to enjoy themselves. Or at least while they are still allowed.”

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EU tariffs on blue jeans and bourbon would harm consumers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: Luca Bertoletti European Affairs Manager Consumer Choice Center luca@consumerchoicecenter.org 2. March 2018 EU tariffs on blue jeans and bourbon would harm consumers Brussels, BE – On Friday, European Union Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker suggested to German media that the EU could draw up tariffs on American products such as Kentucky Bourbon, Harley Davidson motorcycles, […]

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Macht Facebook süchtig wie Alkohol oder Tabak?

DIE WELT: Eine Regulierung der Social-Media-Aktivitäten meint es vielleicht gut. Doch frühere Erfahrungen mit der Prohibition zeigen die Gefahr dann entstehender Grauzonen auf. Es gibt nur einen richtigen Weg. Bill Wirtz von Consumer Choice Center.

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Experts weigh in on wine ban

SHERWOOD PARK NEWS: However, the economic impacts of a trade war could prove nasty for both provinces, according to David Clement, the Toronto-based manager of North American affairs for the Consumer Choice Center, despite the overwhelming support of the pipeline to Alberta’s workers and consumers.

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Sour grapes: Alberta to stop importing B.C. wine over Kinder Morgan feud

NATIONAL OBSERVER: Likewise, the Toronto-based Consumer Choice Center condemned what it characterized as a “trade war” between the two provinces. North American affairs manager David Clement said in a press statement that Canadian consumers should not be “political pawns” in “disputes that have nothing to do with them.”

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Alberta’s boycott of B.C. wine will hurt consumers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: David Clement North American Affairs Manager Consumer Choice Center david@consumerchoicecenter.org   Alberta’s boycott of B.C. wine will hurt consumers TORONTO, ON – The debate over the Trans Mountain pipeline came to a head on Tuesday, as Albertan Premier Rachel Notley announced the province will boycott wine from British Columbia as a […]

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The Dangers of Cracking Down on Booze

SPIKED: Public-health lobbyists continuously tell us we are simply not doing enough to reduce drinking across the board. As a consequence, politicians have been doing exactly that: they tax and regulate our favourite drinks, with little interest for the unintended consequences.

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Are beer taxes becoming ridiculous?

BUSINESS IN VANCOUVER: Is Ottawa’s beer tax going too far? David Clement from the Consumer Choice Center explains why tying this federal excise tax to inflation is a bad deal.

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Our new alcohol policy: pointless, punishes the poor but makes politicians look ‘good’

HIBERIA FORUM: As a matter of public policy, there are several reasons to oppose the minimum pricing of alcohol.

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Hammond’s white cider clamp-down could unfairly hit artisanal producers

HARPER’S: Ryan Khurana, research fellow at the Consumer Choice Center (CCC), agrees and says that the proposed hikes on white cider will only serve to “punish the poor”.

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Minimum alcohol pricing won’t make people drink more responsibly

THE CONSERVATIVE: Lifestyle regulations should take into account that consumers are often unwilling to see themselves stripped off the right to enjoy certain products. Alcohol is certainly a part of this equation.

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UK’s increased duties on low-cost alcohol will only serve to punish the poor

CONTACT: Ryan Khurana Research Fellow Consumer Choice Center ryan@consumerchoicecenter.org UK’s increased duties on low-cost alcohol will only serve to punish the poor London, UK – On Wednesday, U.K. chancellor Philip Hammond announced the latest budget in the House of Commons. Ryan Khurana, Research Fellow at the Consumer Choice Center (CCC), said the increased alcohol duties in […]

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Bittersüße Sündensteuer

NOVO ARGUMENTE: Irland führt eine Steuer auf Softdrinks ein, in Frankreich wird sie erhöht. Diese nutzlose Maßnahme bevormundet die Verbraucher.

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Drinks industry reacts to alcohol minimum unit price

FOOD MANUFACTURE: Consumer rights group Consumer Choice Centre (CCC) argued the MUP would cause more harm than good.

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UK Supreme Court approves Scottish law on minimum alcohol pricing

EURACTIV: Luca Bertoletti, European Affairs Manager of the Consumer Choice Center, said the Court’s decision was “sad news” for consumers.

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Minimum pricing: will it be a pyrrhic victory?

DAILY BUSINESS GROUP: Luca Bertoletti, European Affairs Manager of the Washington-based Consumer Choice Center states: “There are no empirical evidences that set minimum prices on alcohol will lead to a reduction of consumption.”

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Yaël Ossowski on Chad Adams Show

Yaël Ossowski, public relations director of the Consumer Choice Center, is interviewed on the Chad Adams Show, broadcast out of Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Let’s get real about N.C.’s alcohol laws (including the drinking age)

North Carolina can no longer afford its Temperance-era alcohol laws. Across the state, a new generation of beer entrepreneurs are giving the Tar Heel State some much needed pride.

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