If anything, statistics demonstrate an inverse relationship between craft breweries and drunk driving fatalities. Vermont, for example, ranks #1 in the country in capita/craft brewery but ranks 21st in capita/DUI fatality. Oregon ranks #2 in capita/craft brewery but ranks #42 in capita/DUI fatality. Of the top 15 states in capita/craft brewery, only 3 are also ranked in the top 15 in capita/DUI fatality.

These stats cannot tell the whole story, but it does provide some context and a trend. Certain downfalls include the fact that this uses the number of craft breweries rather than the production of beer and that there will be people who are driving under the influence who do not kill (or injure) people. The claim that a change in distribution laws would lead to over-consumption and thus increased DUI deaths and other health issues, like the claim made during the past Florida legislative session, simply cannot withstand reason. Whether there is more local beer or not, alcohol will most definitely be available. In fact, most of the alcohol available in Florida is (and will remain) manufactured in other parts of the country.

Rank – Capita/Craft Brewery State Craft Breweries Capita/Craft Brewery Capita/DUI Fatality
1 Vermont 25 25,030 21
2 Oregon 140 27,365 42
3 Montana 36 27,484 2
4 Alaska 22 32,283 46
5 Colorado 151 33,306 37
6 Maine 37 35,902 20
7 Wyoming 15 37,575 4
8 Washington 158 42,560 45
9 Idaho 29 54,055 28
10 Wisconsin 83 68,518 24
11 New Hampshire 19 69,288 39
12 New Mexico 27 76,266 13
13 Michigan 122 81,013 35
14 Iowa 33 92,314 32
15 Nebraska 19 96,123 17