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Alaska Measure Would Require Universal ID Checks for Alcohol in Anchorage


A proposed measure would require universal ID checks for anyone buying alcohol in Anchorage, AK liquor stores and bars. An earlier version of the bill included restaurants, but that provision has been dropped, according to The Anchorage Daily News.

The Anchorage Assembly will consider the measure Tuesday. An advisory vote in an April city election favored the bill 2-1. The ordinance is designed to curb underage drinking and to catch people who try to buy alcohol even though they have been court-ordered not to do so. Since 2007, people who are barred from buying alcohol because they have been caught driving drunk have a red stripe on their driver’s license or state identification.

The bill would require universal ID checks for liquor stores starting this July 1. Bars wouldn’t have to start checking everyone’s ID until July 1, 2013.

2 Responses to this article

  1. Avatar of Lew Bryson
    Lew Bryson / May 9, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Sounds good, and as a 52 year old moderate drinker, I wouldn’t mind this. However, I’ve heard from state liquor store employees here in Penna. that there are some VERY good new fake IDs out there; what good is an ID check if you can’t spot a fake ID?

  2. Avatar of lemont gore
    lemont gore / May 9, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    I’m curious as to the effectiveness of this program. If this program has been in effect since 2007 I would assume that some data has been accumulated to attest to it’s effectiveness. Also how does this prevent individuals from circumventing the restriction (ie. having someone else purchase the acohol)? How many other municipalities have similar programs and what has been the overall effectiveness of this sort of intervention?

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