HB 176: Cocktails To-Go

HB 176: Cocktails To-Go

New Futures opposes HB 176.

HB 176 is part of a nationwide trend to loosen alcohol regulations in order to make alcohol more accessible. This policy change would be a monumental shift in New Hampshire's current regulatory system allowing beverages, wine, and mixed drinks to be sold for take out and delivery by restaurants holding an on-premises license..  Policies such as this one, which regulate where and how alcohol is purchased, are in place to protect public health and safety.  According to a September 2020 JAMA Network Open article, alcohol consumption has increased by 14% compared with a year ago, including 17% increase for women. The study also showed a 41% increase in heavy drinking for women. The increasing rate of alcohol use during the COVID-19 pandemic has both immediate negative health risks as well as delayed longer-term risks, such as addiction.

Read the full bill here: http://gencourt.state.nh.us/bill_status/billText.aspx?sy=2021&id=160&txt...

Bill Status
  • Committee
  • Public Hearing
  • Executive Session
  • Full Body Vote
  • Committee
  • Public Hearing
  • Executive Session
  • Full Body Vote