Saturday, May 18, 2013
Alabama's Moral Compass
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Marin Institute has published a report on Big Alcohol's efforts to privatize alcohol sales in control states. The report, titled "Control State Politics: How Big Alcohol is Dismantling Regulation State by State," explains the likely outcomes to states that turn over alcohol sales to private businesses. These states may experience a short-term cash windfall, but loss of reliable income, coupled with increases in alcohol-related harm, will damage economic stability and public health in the longer term. Click on the picture to access a pdf copy.
Click here for a PowerPoint presentation on the same subject by the Marin Institute.
Click here for more fact sheets on alcohol issues.
You can access the Marin Institute website at www.marininstitute.org
Here are the results from the wet/dry votes on November 6, 2012:
The City of Hartselle voted to remain dry - 3,478 to 3,066
The City of Boaz voted to go wet - 1,489 to 1,333
The City of Priceville voted to go wet - 628 to 597
The City of Rogersville voted to go wet - 290 to 213
Blount County voted to remain dry - 11,587 to 11,427
Randolph County voted to go wet - 5,363 to 4,574
Dallas County voted to sell alcohol on Sunday - margin of 2:1
The City of Double Springs will have a wet/dry vote in December, 2012
Click on the following links for statistics and other information if you are fighting a wet/dry referendum.
Alcohol Alert from the Department of Health and Human Services - Underage Drinking
Telephone Script - Alcohol (Example)
Prohibition Was a Success (print these pages front-to-back and cut in half to use as bulletin inserts)
Youth Drinking Rates and Problems - A comparison of Europe and USA
Not Drinking? No excuse needed. (Dear Abby - 10/2009)
Click here for an informative website called "No Alcohol."
Click here for an informative website called "Citizens Against Drunk Driving."
Click here for the sermon "Battle for the Bottle" by ALCAP Board member, Rev. Randy Wright, Pastor of Piney Grove Free Will Baptist Church.
Click here for a sample "Letter to the Editor"
Click here for a sample resolution opposing alcohol sales
Click on the following for sample advertisements: #8, #9, #10, #12, #13, #14, #15, #16, #17, #18, #19, #20, #21, #22
Click here for an idea for a church bulletin insert.
Click here for a direct mail piece in postcard form.
Click here for Marin Institute fact sheets on alcohol issues.
Click here for stories of local wet/dry struggles.
Click here for "Dr. Oz and Roizen: Busting myths about alcohol."
(The Following map will be updated with the November, 2012 election results when received from the ABC Board)
In Alabama there are 26 dry counties. However, municipalities that meet certain criteria can vote to go wet even if they are located within a dry county. The following map is provided by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board and shows those counties that are currently dry in yellow (municipalities within dry counties that are wet are identified with an "x" and if more than one municipality is wet within the dry county, more than one "x" will appear):
Special Notes about Counties
Autauga County Allows Sunday Sales -City of Prattville - On-Premises
Baldwin County Specific Cities allows Sunday Sales
Barbour County Wet- Draft Beer
Bibb County Wet City in Dry County – Brent (5-2010), Centerville (6-2010)
Chambers County Allows Draft Beer
Cherokee County Wet City in Dry County - Cedar Bluff (5-20-05), Centre (11-2010), (Leesburg 11-11)
Chilton County Wet City in Dry County - Clanton (9-28-87), Jemison (1-2010), Thorsby (2-2011)
Clarke County. Wet City in Dry County – Thomasville (8-2007), Jackson (5-2005) Grove Hill (12-2009)
Coffee County Wet City in Dry County - Elba & Enterprise (11-6-84), New Brockton (6-2010)
Colbert County Sunday Sales-City of Sheffield after 12 noon Restaurants and Motels only (9-07)
Colbert County City of Sheffield (6-09), Littleville (6-09), Muscle Shoals (6-09), and Tuscumbia (6-09) sell draft beer
Cullman County Wet City in Dry County-City of Cullman (11-2010)
Dale County No on premise liquor license outside of any city limits, Draft only in City of Newton
Dekalb County Wet City in Dry County - Ft. Payne (4-2005), Collinsville (6-2010)
Fayette County Wet City in Dry County – City of Fayette (6-10)
Franklin County Wet City in Dry County –Russellville (11-2010)
Geneva County Wet City in a Dry County-City of Geneva (5-25-10), Samson & Slocomb (11-2010)
Greene County Allows Sunday Sales at dog track only
Houston County Allows Sunday Sales for On-Premise Consumption after 1 P.M.
Jackson County Wet City in Dry County - Bridgeport & Scottsboro & Stevenson
Jefferson County. Allows Sunday Sales County-wide, all types
Lamar County Wet City in Dry County – Sulligent (11-2010)
Lauderdale County Wet City in Dry County - Florence and Sunday Sales on Premises (7-10-84)
Lauderdale County City of Florence sells draft beer (6-07)
Lauderdale County Wet City in Dry County-Town of St. Florian (8-26-08)
Lawrence County Wet City in Dry County – Moulton & Town Creek (6-2010)
Lee County Allows Sunday Sales: County wide, all types,
Limestone County Wet City in Dry County - Athens (9-10-03)
Lowndes County Allows Sunday Sales - All Types (6-6-06)
Macon County Allows Sunday Sales - All Types
Madison County Allows Sunday Sales - All Types
Marion County Wet City in Dry County – Haleyville (6-2010), Guin (7-2010)
Marshall County Wet City in Dry County - Albertville (6-1-04), Guntersville (1984), Arab (11-08)
Mobile County Allows Sunday Sales - All Types
Monroe County Wet City in Dry County - Monroeville (6-7-05)
Monroe County City of Monroeville sells draft beer
Montgomery County Allows Sunday Sales - All Types
Morgan County Wet City in Dry County - Decatur (1984)
Morgan County City of Decatur sells draft beer and allows Sunday Sales
Perry County Allows Sunday Sales- No Municipalities - All Types
Pickens County Wet City in Dry County- Aliceville (6-2010)
Russell County Allows Sunday Sales - Phoenix City- All Types & No license issued within 500 ft of church in the county except the city of Hurtsboro
Russell County Draft Beer in City limits of Phoenix City (6-16-03)
Tallapoosa County Allows Sunday sales (Camp Hill only)
Tuscaloosa County The city of Tuscaloosa & Northport allow Sunday sales
Walker County Wet City in Dry County – Jasper
Walker County Wet City in Dry County - Carbon Hill (12-10-09) & Dora (6-7-11)
Washington County Wet City in Dry County – Chatom (6-2010)
Wilcox County Allow Sunday Sales - County Wide - Off-Premise
Winston County Wet City in Dry County – Haleyville (6-2010)
Walker County Wet City in a Dry County- Dora- (6- 2011)
COUNTIES THAT ALLOW SALES OF:
32 OZ. CANS
32 OZ. CONTAINERS
24 OZ. CANS
40 OZ. CONTAINERS
The criteria for a municipality within a dry county voting to go wet are stated in the Alabama Code, Title 28. It states: "Any municipality having a population of 1,000 or more may change its classification from dry to wet or wet to dry by a municipal option election...."