Important Topics

Alcohol Outlet Control


More and more research shows that the location and operation of bars, stores, and restaurants that serve and sell alcohol affect the level and type of a host of problems in the community, including violence, impaired driving, neighborhood quality of life, and underage drinking. More and more communities are trying to make a difference by exerting more control over how alcohol outlets are located, licensed, and regulated.

The Prevention Research Center has carried out some of the key research in this area. Following are materials that provide more information about alcohol outlet control.


How do Alcohol Hours of Sale Affect Alcohol Problems?

The Role of Outlet Location and Density in Alcohol Problems: What Communities Can Do

Traffic Safety and Alcohol Regulation

How Alcohol Outlets Affect Neighborhood Violence

Prevention of Murders in Diadema, Brazil:
The Influence of New Alcohol Policies

Preventing Alcohol-Related Problems: Alcohol Policy Challenges

  Media Releases

The Relationship between Alcohol Outlets and Traffic Crashes
July 2018

Mystery Shoppers: Can they prevent sales of alcohol to minors?
June 2018

What are the social situations in which underage drinking is most likely to occur?
June 2018

Increased Alcohol Outlets Related to Violent Crime
November 2017

How the Number and Location of Alcohol Sales Outlets Affects Traffic Crashes
March 2016

How do Race and Income Affect Exposure to Alcohol Outlets?
February 2016

Where parents go and what they do: Factors that affect parent behavior
November 2015

More Off-Premise Alcohol Outlets Associated with More Traumatic Injuries
September 2015

Alcohol Prices Influence Crime and Crash Rates in British Columbia
July 2015

The Dark Side of Social Support: How Social Companionship, Drinking, and Alcohol Outlets Affect Child Abuse
June 2015

Increased Alcohol Availability Affects Sales, Price, and Alcohol-Related Deaths
August 2013

Underage Drinking Related to Enforcement, Availability and Drinking Norms
July 2012

Comprehensive Community Approaches to Underage Drinking Reduce Sales to Minors
July 2012

Alcohol outlets associated with injuries among youth and young adults
December 2009

Too many bars in rural areas linked to high suicide rates
September 2009

Communities Containing More Alcohol Outlets Show Increased Underage Alcohol Access
May 2009

Study Shows Correlation Between Number of Alcohol Retailers and Youth Injuries
September 2008

Report shows concentration of bars, liquor stores linked to neighborhood violence
May 2005

Change in Bar Closing Time Cuts Murder Rate in Brazilian Town
January 2005


Community Based Projects to Prevent Underage Drinking
By Kathryn Stewart

Presentation from "The Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center: 6th Annual National Leadership Conference."

The Shop on the Corner: How Outlet Location Affects Alcohol Problems

  Findings Is the physical availability of alcohol and illicit drugs related to neighborhood rates of child maltreatment?
Story of Discovery

Preventing Alcohol Trauma: A Community Trial
Story of Discovery

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