Why is an AIA necessary?
- The Oregon Liquor Control Commission points to the Alcohol Impact rule as the only available tool for local jurisdictions to address chronic alcohol related problems in areas with high density of alcohol serving establishments. The option for an AIA is only available to cities with populations of at least 300,000.
- 58% of drinking in public citations occur within the boundaries of the AIA.
- 35% of police initiated detox incidents occur within the boundaries of the AIA
- 60% of Hooper detoxification admittees are within this zone.
- The above numbers are consistent for at least 10 years; indicating a chronic problem, despite various attempts by local governments to address the issues (Good neighbor Agreements, individual restrictions of bad actors, etc.)
- 43 market stores supply products specifically known to be favored by street drinkers because of large containers and high alcohol content.
- Only 9 were willing to voluntarily address the issues; and 3 were contingent on all 43 signing on to a voluntary agreement. Reasons given
- These are bread and butter products- cannot be competitive without them
- Only support if it is city/state wide
- Not everyone would comply even if they signed (no enforcement of voluntary agreement)
- Free enterprise philosophy
- Social service providers are to blame for most of the problem
- Portland Patrol incorporated indicates that specific products are favored
- malt beverage products with an Alcohol by Volume (ABV) of 5.75% or higher, with the exception of "Craft beers".
- Wine over 14% ABV – and fortified
- Wine in flexible bladders (boxed wine, without the box - large volume and easy to conceal)
- Large cans and containers
If implemented by the OLCC, this strategy will....
- Officially recognize the first AIA in Oregon. Portland City Council recognized several Alcohol Impact areas in 1990 that were never officially recognized by the state.
- Restrict products known to be favored by those who drink in public (high alcohol content malt beverages and wine, alcohol in large volume containers)
- Help to reduce the drain on resources that street drinking and the associated crimes have on law enforcement. Several Jurisdictions in Washington have implemented AIA's and seen a reduction in street drinking and the associated problems. (Please see the link on the left side of this page)
For more information regarding this initiative or to be added to the mailing list please call Theresa Marchetti 503-823-3092.