Surprising possibly no one, the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health's Population Health Institute has published a new report this week stating that the cost to the economy of Wisconsin's high binge drinking rate (2nd highest in the country) amount to $3.9 billion per year. Click below to read the full report.
Confirming link between police calls and Alcohol Outlet Density - Report is released by the City of Madison
The Madison City Dept of Finance and the joint Dane County/City of Madison Dept of Public Health just released their report on alcohol outlet density. They did not appear to take my suggestion that emergency rooms and other nonprofit service providers such as domestic abuse and homeless shelters contribute data. Nonetheless, the analysis is interesting, especially the confirmation that there are more police calls and investigations as well as building inspections in the areas of Madison with the highest densities of alcohol outlets. Another interesting thing that was found is that alcohol outlets tend to be clustered in areas where there are more people who are low-income living. It is now up to the ALRC, the Mayor and the City of Madison Common Council to determine what an appropriate number of alcohol outlets are per given area should be.
There was a presentation of the report to the Alcohol License Review Committee last night that can be viewed via the City Channel online if you are interested. (Link: media.cityofmadison.com/mediasite/showcase/madison-city-channel/channel/alcohol-license-review-committee)
The full report is available here: madison.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=7813515&GUID=53CD62F3-B627-4872-BBB8-BF157B34E768
A summary with interactive maps can be viewed here: cityofmadison.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Cascade/index.html?appid=a6563299db6940cfb96e9a9a8fa05215
About this blog
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with a background in addiction counseling living in Madison, Wisconsin. I created this blog to raise awareness about drinking culture, alcohol outlet density, alcohol policy, alcohol dependence and risks.