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Proposed changes allow more than 3,500 new outlets to sell hard liquor, most of these owned by non-Kansans. This means any retail outlet could add hard liquor, including:
... and other eligible businesses!
Changing the system will increase access to alcohol and decrease regulation. Kansans have no problem getting alcohol under the current system - there is already an average of one retail liquor store per 3,600 residents.
Kansas passed the most comprehensive rewrite of its DUI laws ever in 2011. It is counterintuitive to now consider legislation that would increase the number of liquor retailers in our state by more than 2,500 locations.
Expanding alchol sales to thousands of new outlets will not help Kansas law enforcement curb drunk driving.
Numerous regional, national and international studies prove the obvious: increased access leads to increased problems. Consider the following:
* According to the Marin Institute, increase outlet density leads to numerous avoidable social problems. Click here to view their report.
* An increase in alcohol outlets leads to increased violence, according to an Indiana University Study. Researchers found that adding one off-premise alcohol sales site per square mile would create 2.3 more simple assaults and 0.6 more aggravated assaults per square mile.
The study noted: "Convenience stores licensed to sell alcohol may be especially troublesome in this regard, as they often serve not only as sources of alcohol but also as local gathering places with little formal social control."
* We are currently facing a trend similiar to the United Kingdom. In that country, alcohol was deregulated to a point where all forms of alcohol are available in all stores. Bing drinking has skyrocketed among underage youth and women. Health problems and hospital admissions for alcohol related diseases have risen sharply.
In the UK grocery chains have captured the alcohol market, promoting loss-leading prices and having low sales-compliance rates. ("The Dangers of Alcohol Deregulation: The United Kingdom Experience")
* The National Research Council Institute of Medicine found 70% of minors nationwide purchase their alcohol from grocery and convenience stores.
* A nationwide MADD study revealed that underage individuals were able to procure alcohol 70% of the time in grovery and convenience stores compared to 14% of the time in liquor stores.
Missouri has a system of total access similar to what is being proposed in Kansas. Missouri also has increased problems relating to alcohol compared to Kansas. For example:
*According to FBI Violent Crime Statistics, Missouri has two cities in the top 10 with the higest rates, per capita, of violent crime in cities with a population of more than 250,000. St. Louis ranks #2 and Kansas City #9. Studies show cities with a high density of alcohol outlest have high rates of violent crimes, and St. Louis and Kansas City both have high alcohol outlet density.
* In the most recent national statistics, Missouri had DOUBLE the number of alcohol-related driving fatalities in adults over 21, compared to Kansas. (Century Council State of Drunk Driving Fatalities in America)
* In the most recent national statistics, Missouri had an alcohol-related driving fatality rate for those under 21 years-of-age, 68% higher than the rate in Kansas. (Century Council State of Drunk Driving Fatalities in America)