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The North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control System


North Carolina has a three-tier system in place that requires the company wishing to sell products (tier 1) to sell and ship only to wholesalers (tier 2) who may sell only to retailers (tier 3). North Carolina’s ABC Laws are found in Chapter 18B of the NC General Statutes. The Commission’s Rules are found in Title 14B, Chapter 15 of the NC Administrative Code.

19,285
businesses with retail permits to sell alcohol for consumption on-premise (restaurants/clubs) and off-premise (grocery stores/convenience stores).
$22,998,308
collected from permit renewal and registration fees by the Commission last year, then distributed to the NCGA General Fund. (FY 2018)
5,979
permitted commercial businesses (breweries, wineries, distilleries, wholesalers).

Initiative to Reduce Underage Drinking


The Talk It Out NC multi-media campaign was launched in 2014 by the NC ABC Commission to combat underage drinking by undertaking relevant research, spreading education about alcohol’s health risks, and raising awareness about the resources available to families, both in person and online.

13,786
permit holders and their employees completed responsible alcohol seller/server training class last year.
25
statewide business partnerships have been formed to further the reach of Talk it Out NC campaign.
100
community outreach coalitions have joined the Initiative to help spread the Talk it Out NC message.

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