Gibraltar_boozeA debate on selling liquor in convenience and grocery stores has been stirred by the head of the liquor policy review in British Columbia, John Yap. This comes just a few days after seeking the public’s opinion on Columbia province’s outdated laws governing alcohol. According to Yap, the governmental website aimed at gathering input from the province residents has received at least 9,000 visits since its launch in early September. He asserted that people have shown immense interest in reading suggestions and opinions, as well as commenting on blogs.

Judging from the comments, it is evident that many people want alcohol to be sold in supermarkets, gas stations, and convenience stores, as is the case in the United States. Yap asked bloggers and commenters to give more feedback concerning the issue through a blog post. The decision to sell alcohol in such convenience and grocery stores has been opposed by advocates of law and order, as well as health and safety. These advocates have claimed that if such a move is allowed, there will be an increase in alcohol consumption rates. These concerns were raised following a report that about 30% of late-night attendees at emergency departments in the province consumed alcohol six hours prior to their illness or injury.

In conclusion, Yap suggested that it is essential to come up with a decision that will increase the level of convenience. The decision reached upon should also update the rules and regulations, as well as help in maintaining a sense of balance regarding social responsibility. The major stakeholders involved in this issue include police and health authorities, breweries, wineries and liquor distributors. In the year 2013, more than one billion dollars in beer was bought by British Columbians, and another 1.9 billion dollars in spirits and wines.