Alcohol Sales Control

Alcohol Sales Control

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 alcohol sales control 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.

The state of alcohol sales control in big US cities

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


Out of the nation’s 40 largest cities

  • Measuring big cities’ alcohol sales control policies

    How did we award alcohol sales control 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