he Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority just completed a record-breaking year, reports The Associated Press.

That means people spent more money than ever at state ABC stores — $72 million more than in 2018, to be precise.

The ABC’s success appears to result from a combination of factors.

Revenue rose not just because customers were buying more alcohol, but because they were buying more expensive alcohol — products that are higher in both quality and price.

Additionally, ABC overhauled its operations recently to implement a more modern and business-like approach.

A successful year by a state agency is something to celebrate.

At the same time, no one — including the ABC — wants to seem to be encouraging irresponsible use of alcohol.

Let Virginians enjoy their tippling responsibly — but let them also appreciate the fact, important to all taxpayers, that a state authority is thriving.

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