After prohibition ended in the early 1930s, the Commonwealth of Virginia chose to retain authority over alcohol sales. Today, some say the state should get out of the alcohol business and privatize the 335 state-run stores. We look at the history of alcohol control in the Old Dominion, and explore the complicated social, ethical, and political dynamics at play when such a proposal is discussed.


  • Robert Holsworth Political analyst with; and former Dean of Virginia Commonwealth University's School of Government and Public Affairs
  • Curtis Coleburn Chief Operating Office, Virginia's Alcoholic Beverage Control Department

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