Since 1997, according to The LaCrosse Tribune, at least 12 people in LaCrosse died from alcohol-related incidents. Most of them drowned.
The high number of deaths in LaCrosse stems from the fact it’s a "college town" where more than 26 percent of the students reported they were excess drinkers to the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Population Health Institute. This is one of the highest percentages in Wisconsin.
Consequently, as originally reported by Radio 620 WTMJ’s Jeff Wagner, The La Crosse City Council is considering banning "all you can drink" (AYCD) specials that are common in LaCrosse bars.
Such specials charge a set amount of money – usually $10-$20 – and then patrons imbibe as much as they want of certain beverages, which usually include inexpensive beers and / or rail spirits.
In Milwaukee, few bars offer AYCD nights anymore. Adam "Hawk" Griffin, owner of Fire on Water, 518 N. Water St., offered it at his bar every Thursday night for years, but got rid of it in 2016.
"Marquette kids ruined it," says Griffin. "And I know it was ‘Marquette kids’ because I talked to some of the other customers from Marquette, who are great."
Griffin says he was told that Marquette students were organizing outings to his bar through Facebook groups.
"They’d come in and take advantage of the special," says Griffin. "Then they’d steal stuff, pool balls, and it just got to be too much. Now we have $1 off Miller products on Mondays."
Will other local bars continue to offer "aycd" specials? We shall see.
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.