Repealing bans on Sunday alcohol sales increases number of alcohol-related accidents, deaths, according to CDC review of 14 studies where laws restricting alcohol sales were changed

LOS ANGELES , March 1, 2012 () – According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) review of 14 studies where laws restricting alcohol sales were changed, repealing bans on Sunday alcohol sales increases the number of alcohol-related accidents and deaths, The Hartford Courant reported March 1.

In 2010, the CDC's Task Force on Community Preventive Services published research in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine examining alcohol consumption in locations where bans on alcohol sales have been enacted, abolished or modified. The task force concluded that it was best to recommend against repealing alcohol sales bans.

Additionally, the task force examined the results of when alcohol sales restrictions were increased. When Sweden, for example, enacted a Saturday alcohol sales ban in 1981, domestic disturbances and outdoor assaults each decreased on Saturdays by 17%, and police interventions with drunken people went down 36% on Saturdays.

The primary source of this article is The Hartford Courant, Hartford, Connecticut, on March 1, 2012.

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