HEPBURN, Sask. - Residents of Hepburn, Sask., have voted in a referendum to legalize the sale of alcohol in the town's one Co-op grocery store.

Unofficial results show the yes vote edged the no vote by 10 per cent of the 264 ballots cast.

However, the final decision to grant a licence for a liquor franchise is up to the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority.

Some people in the town, which was founded by members of the Monnonite Bretheren around 1900, say they are disappointed at the outcome.

Verna Paetkau, 82, says in her Mennonite heritage drinking is not socially acceptable.

She says she's heard from many people she knows that they will boycott the Co-op store if it starts selling alcohol.

"We've had trouble with alcoholism in our families in the past that has broken people apart and for that reason we don't (drink)," she said.

"My life won't change at all. It's just that we'll probably see more beer bottles on the street than we have in the past."

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  • New Brunswick

  • Alcohol sales in New Brunswick saw the lowest increase of all provinces in 2012. The province saw a 0.5 per cent increase from the year before.

  • Nova Scotia

  • The second lowest increase in booze sales in Canada in 2012 was in Nova Scotia, which saw alcohol sales grow by only 1.4 per cent.

  • Quebec

  • The third lowest increase in alcohol sales in the country - at 1.6 per cent in 2012 - occurred in Quebec.

  • British Columbia

  • British Columbia saw alcohol sales increase by 2.4 per cent in 2012 from 2011.

  • Canada

  • Across Canada, alcohol sales rose by three per cent in 2012.

  • Ontario

  • Alcohol sales in Ontario in 2012 rose by 3.3 per cent from 2011

  • Prince Edward Island

  • Prince Edward Island saw alcohol sales rise by 3.9 per cent in 2012 from 2011.

  • Saskatchewan

  • Saskatchewan also saw their alcohol sales rise by 3.9 per cent in 2012.

  • Manitoba

  • Manitoba saw the third highest increase in alcohol sales across the country. The province saw a 4.9 per cent increase in 2012 from 2011.

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

  • At five percent, Newfoundland and Labrador saw the second highest increase of alcohol sales in Canada in 2012.

  • Alberta

  • Alberta was the province with the highest increase in alcohol sales in 2012. The province booze sales grew by 5.7 per cent in 2012 numbers from 2011.