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Limitations of Hours of Alcohol Sales

As the law stands, alcohol outlets in the state of Indiana are allowed to remain open between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3 a.m., Monday through Saturday. Unless alcohol is being sold at a bar, restaurant, or other properly licensed outlet, sales are not permitted between 3 a.m. on Sunday and 7 a.m. the following Monday. Prolonged hours of sale are one method through which alcohol is made more available for purchase. Given this increased availability, it is important to evaluate how modifying permissible hours of sale for alcohol outlets affects rates of negative events—such as assault or drunk driving—within communities. While still in its early stages related to this significant issue, research seems to support the hypothesis that there are links between total alcohol outlet hour availability, violent crime, and first-time DWI offenses.