A law passed over 80 years ago has restricted the sale of liquor to locations that only sell alcohol. Currently 30 states allow distilled liquor to be sold alongside other adult beverages. They are: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin.
Opponents of this bill have gone on record saying alcohol should not be something convenient to buy and liquor stores are the only appropriate place for it to be sold. Those same opponents have recently partnered with mobile app developers to offer on demand home delivery of liquor beer and wine. There isn’t anything much more convenient than home delivery.
Opponents say repealing this law will lead to increased access of alcohol to minors. According to the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health the majority of underage drinkers (ages 12-20), 61.1 percent report getting their alcohol from adults such as parents, guardians, other family members or unrelated adults. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control’s 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey reported that 40 percent of students who reported past-month consumption said that they usually obtained the alcohol they drank by someone giving it to them, not from a retailer.
Further, in one state without a separation requirement, research shows that liquor stores have more recorded violations in selling alcohol to minors than drug stores, convenience stores and grocery stores combined. According to data collected from January 2005 through December 2013, liquor stores had 56 percent of total violations in selling alcohol to minors compared to 44 percent committed by the other retail outlets.
Florida retailers remain committed in continuing strict enforcement policies and procedures relating to adult beverage compliance. Many of these retailers already sell beer and wine and have procedures in place, including employee training and continued education, use of current technologies such as video surveillance and special programming for registers, adhering to restricted hours and strong identification policies, which protect against minors having access to alcohol.