Potential Health Effects of Changes to the Kansas Liquor Control Act HIA

Topeka, Kansas
Kansas Health Institute

This HIA informed policy decisions about whether to change the Kansas Liquor Control Act to permit convenience and grocery stores to hold retail liquor licenses. The law, which has been in place for more than 60 years, currently allows only liquor stores to sell spirits, wine, and beer with higher alcohol content. The HIA assessed how changes in the law could affect health. Potential positive health effects (e.g., quality of life) of expanding state liquor licenses could be related to creation of hospitality-sector jobs and changes in local and state revenue. Potential negative health impacts could result primarily from increased access to liquor—for example, increases in underage drinking, binge drinking, driving under the influence, and associated adverse health consequences, including increased morbidity and mortality.

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In Progress
Completion Date
Expected March 2014
Agriculture, Food and Drug
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