§11-16-2. Declaration of legislative findings, policy and intent; construction.

It is hereby found by the Legislature and declared to be the policy of this state that it is in the public interest to regulate and control the manufacture, sale, distribution, transportation, storage and consumption of the beverages regulated by this article within this state and that, therefore, the provisions of this article are a necessary, proper and valid exercise of the police powers of this state and are intended for the protection of the public safety, welfare, health, peace and morals and are further intended to eliminate, or to minimize to the extent practicable, the evils attendant to the unregulated, unlicensed and unlawful manufacture, sale, distribution, transportation, storage and consumption of such beverages and are further intended to promote temperance in the use and consumption thereof. In order to further these ends, the provisions of this article and of the rules and regulations promulgated pursuant thereto, shall be construed so that the accomplishment of these stated purposes may be effectuated.