IMPROVEMENTS NEEDED FOR MICHIGAN’S PUBLIC POLICY ON ALCOHOL
HOSTING LAWS for parents and families need to be enforced by local police departments, as well as, the Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC). This will help send messages to underage drinkers that it is unlawful to do so.
Michigan needs to increase taxes on beverage alcohol by $0.05 cents per 12 oz. serving of beer and its equivalent for wine and spirits. The last time the excise tax on beer changed was in 1966. Since then, inflation has eroded significantly the value of the tax vis-à-vis the value in 1966.
New taxes ought to be tied to inflation. The funds received should be ear-marked for prevention services, treatment for abuse, funds for highway and traffic safety
Michigan should roll back the 2 AM closing time for sales of beverage alcohol to 1 AM, and not add to sales hours. Adding to sales hours is only a step to having beverage alcohol available for 24 hours per day. Big Alcohol and Hospitality groups continue to push for longer hours. This PUSH is to be resisted.
MICAP should continue to advocate for the Legislature to maintain the high-cost inventory limits for licensees. This discourages many convenience stores and gas stations from seeking a license. It also reduces the availability of beverage alcohol by drivers, especially near expressway on-ramps.
Colleges and Universities need to do more work on prevention of drinking and education on binge-drinking with their students. There are models for them to follow which have been highly successful. They need to be implemented on all of our college and university campuses.
Our State Legislature and the Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) need to better control beverage alcohol advertising displayed and promoted in the media, at sporting events and in local neighborhoods.
Churches, Clubs, Groups and the MLCC need to remind parents to talk to their youth about binge-drinking before they leave for their college or university.
The Michigan Legislature needs to pass legislation lowering the allowable Blood Alcohol Content limit of Beverage Alcohol to 0.05% for drivers. New evidence indicates that a person’s body’s motor control begins to seriously decline after 0.05% BAC. Many deaths and accidents on the highway per year would be eliminated if we went to the 0.05% limit. That would also decrease the cost of our automobile insurance statewide.