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More hours means more harm to our community

March 29, 2013 11:31 am Published by Leave your thoughts


Please read and TAKE ACTION to stop Leno’s 4am Bar Bill

Senator Mark Leno has introduced SB 635 to extend drinking hours in California from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m.

California already suffers $38.4 billion in alcohol-related harm every year, with 10,000 lives lost and hundreds of thousands of additional injuries. Two more hours of alcohol-driven profit for bar and restaurant owners will produce even more harm and loss.

In a report prepared for the California Council on Alcohol Policy by the Community Prevention Planning Program at UC Berkeley in 2004-2005, these points were highlighted:

  • Extended hours for alcohol outlets are likely to increase amount of alcohol consumed and to increase alcohol-related problems including (emphasis ours)
    • violence
    • public drunkenness
    • drinking-driving arrests and crashes
    • youth access to alcohol
  • Police costs and other community service costs will be greater under this proposal, such as
    • police services
    • emergency medical services
    • planning and zoning
    • streets and sanitation
    • California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) services.

Please encourage your community to make your voices be heard!

Alcohol Justice’s Grassroots Action Center offers easy steps to write and submit a letter to Senator Leno on their website. Please consider submitting a letter and taking a stand!

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[Sources: “Extended Hours of Sale” prepared by Friedner D. Wittman, Ph.D., Prevention by Design, Community Prevention Planning Program, Institute for the Study of Social Change, University of California, Berkeley ; Alcohol Justice]