Indiana University Bloomington

Indiana Prevention Resource Center (IPRC)

Limitations on Days of Alcohol Sales

Currently, Indiana state law prohibits the sale of packaged alcohol on Sundays—that is, no alcohol can be sold outside of licensed bars and restaurants (IC7.1-3) on Sunday. While there are few studies directly examining the link between restrictions on days of sale and variables such as crime, drunk driving, and traffic fatalities, there is evidence to suggest that the limitation of access to alcohol through a variety of means is an effective method of curbing excessive consumption and its detrimental effects. However, despite seemingly inconclusive evidence regarding the impact of these laws, The Task Force on Community Preventive Services, with the support of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, states that the maintenance of limits on days of alcohol sale is an effective method for curbing alcohol consumption and its related negative effects.