Alabama ranks as the 19th most free state in the U.S., according to a recent study that looks at public policies in the areas of economic, social and personal freedoms. Two scholars with George Mason University's Mercatus Center conducted the study as a follow-up to a previous one released in 2009.
Their findings show that Alabama came in at number 9 for economic freedom, number 38 for personal freedom and number 19 overall.
According to their research, "Alabama does much better on economic than personal freedom, as one might expect from a highly socially conservative state. Nevertheless, Alabama does well on some personal freedoms, such as smoking bans, cigarette taxes, and gun control. Alabama has a strangely restrictive alcohol regime, with the second-highest beer taxes and highest spirits taxes in the country."