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University of Utah

Utah liquor sales increase again as population diversifies

Alcohol sales in Utah increased again last year — likely an indication of a diversified population and a thriving tourism sector.

The $396 million in total sales in fiscal 2015 marked an 8 percent rise from the previous year and are more than double the figure from a decade ago, show data released this week from Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Sales have increased each year going back to 1996, the oldest year state data is available.

The rise is more than just the natural product of a state that has one-third more residents than it did 25 years ago. The average gallons of alcohol consumed per capita in the state has increased each of the past nine...