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Liquor Control States

Eighteen states (and Montgomery County in Maryland) directly control the sale of liquor at the wholesales level. Fourteen of them also control retail sales, which means their citizens purchase liquor at a state package store or designated agency outlet. For nearly eight decades, they have been working to promote responsible moderation.

Liquor Control States
Alabama Michigan Ohio Virginia
Idaho Mississippi Oregon Iowa
Montana Pennsylvania West Virginia Maine
New Hampshire Utah Wyoming

Maryland (Only Montgomery and Worcester

North Carolina Vermont    


As a control state, Utah believes that moderation can best be achieved by neither promoting nor encouraging the consumption of alcohol, but rather by controlling it.

In the regulation of alcohol beverages, they are the alternative to the license states -- where wholesale and retail sales of distilled spirits and wine are wholly in the hands of private sellers. By the participating in the marketplace, the control jurisdictions are able to serve their citizens with a broader and more flexible range of policy options for promoting moderation in the consumption of alcohol beverages and for reducing alcohol abuse. By keeping liquor out of the private marketplace, no economic incentives are created to maximize sales, open more liquor stores or sell to underage persons. Instead, all policy incentives to promote moderation and to enforce existing liquor laws are enhanced.

For more information on liquor control states, click here.


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