South Carolina's switch from minibottles to regular-sized liquor bottles hasn't led to a decrease in drunken driving.
An analysis published Sunday by The Post and Courier of Charleston also notes that the change hasn't led to any increase in funding for alcohol treatment.
Instead, South Carolina has been tapping its general revenue fund for more than $1 million yearly since free-pour liquor drinks became legal in 2006. The paper says that move has made up for lost taxes to support a network of alcohol and drug treatment agencies.
And the average number of drunk drivers involved in fatal South Carolina accidents has gone up in the years after free-pour became legal.