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To-go cocktails make it harder to enforce underage drinking laws

During the COVID-19 pandemic, states gave a boost to struggling restaurants by allowing cocktails to-go - but the expansion has strained understaffed alcohol enforcement agencies, which have been hard-pressed to prevent underage drinking.... Read more»

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Students’ mass migration back to college gets a failing grade

The great student migration has resulted in COVID outbreaks on college campuses nationwide, because predictive models failed to take into account that kids who test positive for the virus, whether sick or asymptomatic, might continue to party.... Read more»

Az liquor dep't approved dozens of special event licenses during pandemic

In April, Arizonans couldn’t legally drink at a bar because of Gov. Doug Ducey’s executive action aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19, but that didn’t mean they couldn’t still attend a number of large events with temporary liquor licenses from the state.... Read more»

'Deaths of despair' grew slowly in Arizona, but still higher than U.S.

Deaths from drug overdoses, alcohol and suicide have grown more slowly in Arizona than in the nation as whole since 2005, but death rates in the state still exceed the nation in every category, according to a recent national survey.... Read more»

Alcohol causes cancer? Should bottles and cans come with a warning label?

There is a broad scientific consensus that alcohol is a carcinogen, and that even moderate drinking increases one’s chances of getting cancer. But surveys show that most Americans remain unaware of that fact.... Read more»

Report: Arizona's drug, alcohol, suicide death rates to climb by 2025

A new report says death rates in Arizona from drugs, alcohol and suicides could grow by 38 percent over the next decade unless action is taken now to head off the problem.... Read more»

What the Devil Won't Tell You

Money and power drive DEA pot ruling

One of the challenges facing the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol is to convince recreational drinkers that recreational toking is somehow a moral equivalent. It's not. Americans are better served in edge-abatement by somebody sparking up a joint than that guy slamming down the eighth shot of Jägermeister.... Read more»

4 things to know about using vertical IDs to buy alcohol in Arizona

Vertical driver’s licenses are now accepted as valid identification in Arizona for out-of-state residents 21 years old and older who want to buy alcohol, ending a nearly 21-month ban and bringing relief to customers and business owners.... Read more»

Capitol roundup: Elections, protests, arrests, DCS and bill updates

A bill that prohibits the release or deportation of undocumented immigrants before serving at least 85 percent of sentence for crimes was signed by Gov. Ducey on Thursday, while a bill which allows people with an out-of-state driver’s license to purchase alcohol with a vertical ID for as long as it is valid still needs his signature... Read more»

American women are binge drinking more

The first study to track drinking patterns at the county level finds that women are driving big increases in heavy drinking.... Read more»

As Arizona wine industry matures, experts foresee potential gains

Arizona's wine industry has grown exponentially since 2001. More than 90 locations have farm winery licenses, most of them clustered in three areas in the state. But as wine industry growth slows across the nation, will Arizona's growth continue to mature? ... Read more»

Arizona craft breweries embracing new beer law

One of the owners of Tempe-based Four Peaks Brewery said they plan hire more people and expand their brand, which includes releasing more specialty beer. Randy Schultz and the other co-owners said they were thrilled when Gov. Doug Ducey signed the "Arizona Beer Bill." ... Read more»

Capitol roundup: Powdered alcohol, guns, police secrecy & a cat fight

This week at the state Capitol: The Legislature is on track to finish its business early this year with this week being the final one for most committee meetings. The goal for legislators is to wrap up the session in the next couple of weeks, but the House and Senate still saw new legislation introduced. ... Read more»1

Lawmaker: Immunity from citations would encourage underage drinkers to seek help

A Republican lawmaker's bill would allow those under 21 to call for emergency services without fear of being cited for underage drinking. It also would apply to those who provide alcohol to someone else who is under the legal drinking age. ... Read more»

They say 'drink responsibly,' but what does it mean?

The “drink responsibly” or “enjoy in moderation” messages tucked into liquor and beer ads don’t impress Jennifer Romo. “Nobody actually takes that seriously,” said Romo, a UCLA student. She added: “‘Drink responsibly,’ what does that even mean?”... Read more»

Az traces alcohol sources in underaged drinkers' accidents, deaths

TRACE, or Target Responsibility for Alcohol Connected Emergency, is the investigation unit of the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control. The investigators are called when underage drinking is involved in a serious accident or death, and their job is to work backward from the time of the incident to find out who supplied the alcohol.... Read more»

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