"A team of researchers examining the effect alcohol availability has on violence found a significant increase in violent assaults for each additional establishment with a liquor license added to the area. oni Philip Tabb, PhD, an assistant professor in Drexel University's Dornsife School of Public Health, led a research team that used Seattle as a case study. The city provided a unique opportunity to discover changes in trends of violence in relation to alcohol since Washington state had just approved the complete privatization of liquor licenses in 2012. As such, Tabb and her team could look at recent data dating from both before and after the privatization."

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Albert Brooks
  October 19, 2016 7:37pm

The story doesn't say if the relationship is causal or casual which is really the important question. Plus they did get some numbers wrong at least if you believe the Washington State Liquor Control Board like how many off premise shops were licensed. It wasn't 635 which would drastically change the results.