Drinking could cost more if law is enforced

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TOPEKA — A decision by state liquor officials to begin enforcing a long-ignored law may raise the cost of an alcoholic drink — and some bar owners aren't happy about it.

The law says drinking establishments can't increase the amount of alcohol in a drink without increasing the price proportionately. It was passed in the mid-1980s when the state constitution was amended to allow residents to buy liquor by the drink at public establishments, but it has not been enforced.

Tom Groneman, director of Alcoholic Beverage Control, said enforcement will begin Aug. 1 because his division believes the requirement is clear.

"I'm sure that not everyone is too happy with that, and I can understand that," Groneman said.

The law would require a business that charges $3 for a 16-ounce draft beer to charge $6 for a 32-ounce draft beer and $12 for a 64-ounce pitcher.

The statute also applies to drinks, mixed drinks and specialty drinks, with variations for the cost of mixers and sizes.

—Associated Press