City wants to ban 'all you can drink' bar specials

12 out of the top 20 cities in the country for excessive drinking are in Wisconsin.

A Wisconsin city on the border with Minnesota is considering banning bars from running "all-you-can-drink" specials.

An ordinance proposed to La Crosse City Council would make it unlawful for licensed bars and restaurants from offering people unlimited alcohol for a fixed price.

Bars would also not be allowed to run offers of three or more drinks for the price of one, nor run competitions or games that involves the consumption of alcohol.

The ordinance was proposed by two council members, one of them Bob Seaquist, who told Wisconsin Public Radio that little has been done to address excessive drinking in the city, and that such promotions unfairly impact other bar owners.

"(Bar owners) don't like the environment where you have these 'all-you-can-drink specials' because it's hard competitively," he said. "You have people who have been at these (events), and then come into their bar, and they're not servable or sober, and they're breaking furniture, vandalizing, whatever else."

Research by the University of Wisconsin-Madison has found that binge drinking is a problem in La Crosse County, with 26 percent of people admitting to excessive drinking.

In 2016, the Milwaukee Magazine reports that La Crosse–Onalaska was the 6th "drunkest" city in the country. Twelve of the top 20 cities were in Wisconsin.

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