The establishment uses studies like this to make their case however, it's
flawed data. Less people drink here because of religious moral reasons so of
course less deaths. Has nothing to do with laws put in pace by the hierarchy of
the church, I mean legislature.
Prohibition demonstrated that alcohol is an inevitable part of society. That
doesn't make it less dangerous or less of a public health hazard. Citizens
of Utah and every other state have the right to legislate its availability. The
liquor lobby will keep up its pressure to increase their profits at the publics
By the same token, Utah also had one of the highest levels of perscription
drug deaths.And is #1 in Anti-Depressant drug use.Self
medication is NO different, yet less dangerous than perscription medication.Choose your poison.
Is there a reason why there is not a link to the study or at least the name of
the study included in the article?It is kind of hard to judge the
validity of the data provided when the article is so scarce on facts. For
instance, what are the other 7 states that were included in the study? How does
alcohol consumption between the 11 states compare? When determining
"alcohol related deaths," what types of deaths are included in the
study?It would be nice if we at least had a link so we could verify
the claims of the article and make our own determinations about the whys instead
of having the newspaper tell us what conclusions we should reach.
Virginia and Nebraska are ranked numbers 38 and 8 respectively for beer
consumption - Utah is number 51.And yet Virginia and Nebraska were
within 2 alcohol related deaths per 100,000 if Utah. The fact that
their consumption rates are that much higher and their death rates that close,
indicates there is more to low death rates than just keeping it out of sight
and/or not drinking. Another way of looking at this is that Utah has
rather high death rates for such low consumption - maybe things aren't
working so well after all.
We wouldn't want there to be any "awkward moments for restaurant
operators"! Do people really care that much about seeing their drinks
prepared? In California, grocery stores often dedicate around 20%
of the floor space to alcohol, and there are little corner liquor stores all
over--surrounded by low income, more dangerous, and poor neighborhoods--which
leads to fewer restaurants as their alcohol income is taken by corner marts and
grocers. It is not a better situation here.
Hard to say these results are a surprise, or even newsworthy.
Hard to argue against saving lives, especially innocent ones.