States Take a Shot at Looser Alcohol Rules

The Wall Street Journal, Saturday/Sunday, April 27-28, 2013


States Take a Shot at Looser Alcohol Rules, by Amy Schatz

New Hampshire, Texas, Consider Easing Late-Night or Sunday Limits, but Similar Pushes Have Failed Elsewhere

“It could soon be last call for some states’ restrictions on alcohol sales… A complicated mix of alcohol laws covers the country.  Grocery stores can sell beer and wine in some states but not others.  Twelve states allow no sales of liquor on Sunday although some of those states allow the sale of beer or wine.  The laws can differ within states that leave it to local authorities to regulate alcohol sales.  

Opponents to lifting alcohol restrictions cite religious moral or safety reasons.  Critics say making it easier for residents to drink into the wee hours of the morning or buy alcohol on Sunday will lead to more drunk-driving accidents and increase alcohol-related disturbances for local law enforcement to handle…

Nationally, proponents of looser restrictions on alcohol sales have been gaining ground.  Last year, Connecticut became the latest state to roll rack its prohibitions on Sunday alcohol sales,making it the 16th state to do so, since 2002, according to the Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S. a lobbying organization.

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