Editorial: Vote no on liberalizing alcohol

Proponents of State Question 792 are spending tens of thousands of dollars on advertising to convince state voters to liberalize our liquor laws.

This constitutional amendment won’t make any improvements in Oklahoma.

If it passes, it would let drug stores, convenience stores and groceries sell refrigerated hard beer and wine. That’s why companies like QuikTrip and Reasors are so enthusiastic about the possibility of passage. They will make a lot of money if more Oklahomans buy and drink more alcohol.

This also lets liquor stores sell refrigerated beer and wine. The hard beer can have up to almost 9 percent alcohol content and the wine can be up to 15 percent alcohol. This is in contrast to the 3.2-percent refrigerated beer that is sold in QuikTrip and Reasors.

So, the motivation is more profits from making it easier for customers to get drunk. Law enforcement officials won’t say it publicly but privately they admit this will invariably lead to more drunk driving.

Some pastors have spoken out against this liberalization of the liquor laws. They are not arguing for prohibition (neither does the Bible) but they understand the damage to people and families from alcoholism and drunkenness. Why should a culture encourage that?

The chamber is pushing casinos, bars and nightclubs as “economic development” and “job creators.” Profits trump the destruction of lives and families.

There is nothing wrong with buying high-alcohol liquor and refrigerating it at home before you drink it. Having a chilled bottle of wine or strong beer in the seat next to you on the drive home from Reasors or QuikTrip will be too great a temptation for some drinkers.

Please vote no on State Question 792 on November 8. Oklahoma already has enough alcoholism.