Following the era of Prohibition, each state individually decided how alcoholic
beverages would be managed within its borders. The people of Alabama did not want
alcoholic beverages marketed like soup and soft drinks. Recognizing the lethal
potential of alcohol, Alabama citizens demanded its rigorous control. The ABC
Board was legislatively created to fulfill this mandate.
The ABC Board controls alcoholic beverages through
distribution, licensing, and enforcement. The Board operates a
chain of retail stores selling the majority of liquor purchased
in Alabama. The Board operates in an efficient and cost
effective manner to ensure that Alabamians who choose to
purchase beverages are able to do so at a fair price while
generating considerable revenue for the State and local
governing authorities. The facts prove that the system of
control in Alabama are working. The State ranks among the
nation's leaders in per capita revenue from the sale of alcohol,
but does so while maintaining one of the nation's lowest levels
of per capita consumption. High revenue with low consumption.
This exactly fulfills the mandate of the people of Alabama.
The ABC Board also licenses commercial firms to sell
alcoholic beverages. These range from restaurants and nightclubs
to small stores selling beer for off-premise use. Applicants for
a license are examined carefully to ensure the individuals
involved are of solid moral character and will ensure the laws
of Alabama and rules of the Board are obeyed. The proposed site
for selling or dispensing of beverages is checked through
neighborhood survey. After a license is issued, the ABC Board
continuously inspects operations of licensees.
The Board also conducts audits, collects taxes, and
disburses revenue obtained from those taxes, and disburses
revenues from the ABC Stores. Recipients of these funds include the
Department of Mental Health, Special Education Trust Fund,
Department of Human Resources, and the State General Fund.