Preventing Violence in American Cities with Safer Alcohol Sales evaluates the 40 largest cities in the U.S. on the strength of their Safer Alcohol Sales policies.
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, sales from off-premises alcohol outlets — such as from liquor and convenience stores — have risen dramatically across the country. The report analyzes the relationship between alcohol outlet density and violent crime and provides safer alcohol sales policy options to help cities reduce violent crime while improving the health and well-being of residents.
Multiple studies have found that areas with greater alcohol outlet density have more homicides, aggravated assaults, sexual assaults, and aspects of neighborhood disadvantage. While cities have varying degrees of authority to regulate alcohol sales, many have the power to regulate alcohol outlets through zoning regulations, licensing, and nuisance laws, which can be powerful tools in limiting alcohol use and reducing violent crime.
By adopting policies that regulate where, when, and how alcohol may be sold, city leaders have an opportunity to engage their residents on issues including economic development and neighborhood investment, while also ensuring that health outcomes are shared equitably.Read More