Safer Alcohol Sales

Safer Alcohol Sales

Neighborhoods with high concentrations of alcohol sales are linked to more drinking and higher rates of violence and driving under the influence. Policies that control the amount of alcohol sales in a neighborhood can reduce crime, increase safety, and reduce spending on health care and criminal justice.
Our assessment of safer alcohol sales laws includes information about city-specific laws, along with the relevant county- and state-level laws. This cross-sectional dataset displays laws valid through December 1, 2017.

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The state of safer alcohol sales in big US cities

Sixteen out of 40 cities received a medal for safer alcohol sales policies, including eight gold and eight silver.


Out of the nation’s 40 largest cities

  • Measuring big cities’ safer alcohol sales policies

    How did we award safer alcohol sales policies?

  • City has local zoning and/or licensing laws addressing alcohol outlets

  • City follows best practices for comprehensive local zoning and/or licensing laws addressing alcohol sales for both on- and off-premises consumption, and both prospectively and retrospectively