Inmates suing liquor and wine companies for their addiction

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By Mac King

BOISE, Idaho (KIVI/CNN) - Five Idaho inmates are blaming alcohol for the crimes that put them behind bars, and they are suing some of the nation's top liquor and wine companies.

Five Idaho inmates want $1 billion from eight of the largest beer, wine, and liquor companies in the world. All say they knew nothing of the addictiveness of alcohol when they started drinking as juveniles.

If the defendants had warning labels on their products, one wrote in his affidavit, he would not have drank the product.

The five inmates blame booze for a range of crimes including manslaughter, grand theft, and drug convictions.

"If I was not an alcoholic," wrote one of the inmates, "the shooting never would have happened."

"I think for everyone it's axiomatic that alcohol is something that is something that is addictive and it's something that lowers your inhibitions," said attorney Joe Filicetti.

Filicetti says he saw no need for a warning label on beer, wine, or whisky.

"If you ask most males for example at a bar if you're buying a woman a drink and then two drinks or three drinks, you don't need to ask them why they're doing that," he said.

The defendants include Anheuser-Busch, Miller Brewing, and the makers of Jim Beam. None responded to the filing.

"If you put these guys through depositions and you ask them: What do you know about alcohol? I think it's pretty common knowledge that it's addictive. It's well known to be addictive and it's well known to be something that causes you to reduce your inhibitions and to do things you otherwise wouldn't do," said Filicetti.

The inmates claim to disagree.

"I fear the day I'm released from prison," wrote one declaring himself unsure of his ability to participate in society while also controlling his craving for booze.


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