Bill allowing 151-proof liquor causes buzz among colleges

RICHMOND, VA — University officials are concerned about a bill that would allow the state-owned stores sell 151-proof grain alcohol.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe recently approved the bill that would allow Alcoholic Beverage Control stores sell Everclear and high-alcohol content drinks. He vetoed a similar measure last year.

Linda Hancock, a member of the Virginia College Alcohol Leadership Council told Capital News Service, that she and other education professionals fear that such liquors — which are more than 75 percent alcohol — may attract inexperienced college students who tend to pour overly strong drinks.

Proponents of the bill noted that Everclear can be purchase in 48 states. The bill expires in 2022, meaning lawmakers would have to vote again to keep Everclear legal after that.