First he banned smoking in public places, and then he went after trans-fat, salts and sugary drinks. Now Mayor Michael Bloomberg has set his sights on limiting the sale of alcohol in the city, according to the New York Post.
The Partnership for a Healthier New York, an initiative by the New York Department of Health, plans on reducing alcohol retail outlet (e.g. bar, corner store) density and illegal alcohol and cutting down the exposure to alcohol products and bar advertising and promotion in retail and general (trains, buses, etc.) settings (stores, restaurants, etc.).
However, the specific details of executing the plan have yet to be determined.
The city's goals for the Partnership for a Healthier New York are in line with our ongoing strategies of promoting healthy eating and physical activity and discouraging tobacco, excessive alcohol use and consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, a spokeswoman told the Post. Specific proposals, however, are still in the planning phase.
The DOH's plan cites that the number of alcohol-related emergency visits for underage New Yorkers doubled between 2003 and 2009. The plan also cites that alcohol is a far in nearly half of all city homicides and 28 percent of car-crash fatalities. A recent study also found that 42 percent of accidental subway deaths involve alcohol.