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May 31, 2014 at 8:47 AM

Liquor: Availability of alcohol has negative consequences

As a 21-year-old living in Washington state, I was against the initiative that made liquor more accessible in grocery stores. I was concerned about the consequences this might have to my demographic.

As demonstrated by the article “Expanded liquor sales tied to emergency room trips,” [The Today File, May 29], the consequences are becoming more and more apparent. I find myself going to the grocery store and buying alcohol, not because it was on my grocery list, but simply because it is there.

Speaking from my personal experience, having liquor so easily available is not a positive thing, and it has negative consequences on everyday life. It would be beneficial to everyone for liquor to go back to being sold in only liquor stores. It would still be available to those who want it, but a night of drinking would require some planning and would become less of a spontaneous event.

A lot of people forget that alcohol is a drug, and moderation is key. By reducing the availability of liquor, it would encourage moderation to all age groups.

Karina Soennichsen, Sammamish

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