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Reduce Wine Prices, Save Lives? Movie Theatres Too?

Two interesting stories this morning. A new study distributed by the American Association of Wine Economists (Why Reducing the Cost of Wine Might Actually Save Lives) finds that it could be good public policy to reduce wine prices and increase access (put wine into supermarkets) in order to save lives. The study is based on data that indicates that jurisdictions with higher wine consumption (as opposed to beer and spirits consumption) have much lower rates of traffic fatalities. In an unrelated story of interest to BC, the Manitoba Liquor Control Commission has announced that it is amending its liquor laws to permit the sale of alcohol in movie theatres. This issue has received significant media attention in BC where, so far, there has been no change to laws which prohibit this (see Arcane Liquor Laws Kill Rio Theatre\’s Movie Business).

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