Liquor licenses increase but no funding of recovery services is contemplated

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  • Lowonoil Clearfield, UT
    June 27, 2012 10:06 a.m.

    Anyone who can afford to drink themselves to drunkenness at a chain restaurant can afford a limousine ride home or certainly a cab. Problem drinkers simply do not do their drinking at restaurants.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    June 26, 2012 11:03 a.m.

    It's time to start letting the adults run the world. A few more chain restaurants with licenses isn't going put a burden on the first responder system. As one post noted earlier, have you seen what those places charge for drinks?

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    June 26, 2012 10:52 a.m.

    The Almighty Dollar has spoken and those who religiously follow the sacred dollar have decided, not for the good of local bar owners and Utah, but for the good of national restaurant chains. "In god we trust"

  • John Charity Spring Back Home in Davis County, UT
    June 26, 2012 9:02 a.m.

    By increasing access to alcohol, the Utah Legislature has literally sold out the citizens of this State. This was an extremely foolish and dangerous decision.

    Every study ever conducted has proven that increased access to alcohol leads to increased loss of life. Countless numbers are already killed by drunk drivers and other criminals fueled by alcohol. These numbers will now skyrocket? .these deaths don't even include the countless numbers who die of alcohol related diseases.

    In addition to causing death, alcohol destroys the lives of those left living. Divorce, unemployment, disease, and immorality all increase when access to alcohol increases. The resulting costs for law enforcement and social services far outweighs any revenue earned through alcohol sales.

    In short, the Legislature now has blood on its hands. Hopefully, the 30 pieces of silver it received is worth it.

  • KDave Moab, UT
    June 26, 2012 8:59 a.m.

    At the prices resteraunts charge for a " drink", only the very wealthy could afford to get drunk there. And they are a shrinking breed.

  • Moderate Salt Lake City, UT
    June 26, 2012 8:37 a.m.

    From the day it was commanded "Thou Shalt Not Kill", rules alone have never been a deterrent.

    The threat of getting caught and punished guides our conscience. You speed on the freeway, you park in that handicap spot, you roll that stop sign, you enter the intersection on a yellow light -- unless a cop is around.

    A person may think they can have one more and drive home, because they've done it before. But if they see more cops about, if they know someone who lost his license, if they know they're being watched, their conscience will say "let's NOT have one more".

    There will always be drunks. I prefer more officers on the streets. Let "To Protect And Serve" be the motto of police, not bartenders.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    June 26, 2012 6:44 a.m.

    There is dram shop liability already. This letter is an overreaction to the proposal. There are any number of activities which have potential negative impact on society. Do we hold to the principle of personal responsibility or resort to some sort of nanny like oversight?