Alabamians spending less, except for alcohol

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A new state report for the first three months of the fiscal year shows Alabamians are spending less, except when it comes to alcohol.

For October through December, the state's sales tax collections are down nearly 10 percent from a year earlier. But beer tax collections are up 4 percent, and income from state liquor stores is up 10 percent.

The director of the Center of Alcohol Studies at Rutgers University, Robert Pandina, says that's customary for difficult economic times.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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