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High alcohol beer sales restricted in Spokane County

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SPOKANE, Wash.- The Spokane City Council has voted unanimously to restrict the sale of "high-test" beer on a section of East Sprauge. According to council members, the restriction is an effort to curb some of the consequences of alcohol abuse.

The council voted unanimously Monday night to place voluntary restrictions on the sale of beer fortified with a higher alcohol content. Business owners in the recently created "International District" said the alcohol impact area would be one more tool in their efforts to clean up the area.

Business owners in the area say the beer is strong and cheap, meaning that alcoholics can raise money for a can by panhandling spare change.

The restriction ordinance covers the area between Perry and Rebecca streets. Officials say even though it's mostly concentrated on East Sprague, the borders go north to Main Avenue and south to Fifth Avenue. Stores are being asked to voluntarily stop selling single cans or six packs of beer with high alcohol content. They can still sell 12-packs.

Police and fire officials will monitor criminal complaints and medical emergency calls related to alcohol for six months. If these controls don't work, the Washington State Liquor Control Board could be asked to order the nine stores with liquor licenses in the area to stop selling high-alcohol beer.
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