Should Alcohol Be Sold in Grocery Stores?

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What if a country “contributes to 500,000 injuries, 70,000 cases of sexual assault, and 1,400 deaths” (McCormick, Cohen, Corrado, Clement, & Rice, p.i)? This is the truthful record from the United States. Did you imagine how serious consequence can alcohol brings to human? If you realize this terrible outcome, would you still wish to have alcohol selling in grocery stores? Three factors are associated with consumption, including price, convenience, and business hours. First, reducing the alcohol’s price would have the growth of consumption; in contrast, a price increase would lead to decrease consumption. Also, British Columbia is the only province not selling grocery stores in Canada. However, a research shows that binge drinking is a common activity among college-aged students (McCormick et al., 2007). Therefore, there would be more and more people have binge drinking habit if they can conveniently purchase alcohol in the grocery stores. Furthermore, some grocery stores have longer business hours, night sales are linked to drinking contexts that influence our behaviors. Obviously, alcohol should not be sold in BC’s grocery stores in order to maintain the public health, prevent social issues, and retain a better home environment. First of all, public health is one of the important factors. Some people believe that the association between alcohol and health problems may not be causal due to “a study from Statistics Canada indicated that moderate consumption of alcohol is

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