Sunday Alcohol Sales, Drunk Driving & Underage Drinking

A number of states have abolished their blue laws prohibiting the sale of alcoholic beverages on Sundays. The result? “The states that have enacted Sunday sales laws report increases in revenues but no increases in drunk driving or underage drinking.”

Sunday alcohol sales appear to be a win-win situation. Permitting the sale of alcohol on Sunday, the second busiest shopping day of the week, increases tax revenues, but doesn’t increase either drunk driving or underage drinking.


  • MADD criticizes plan to sell booze in convenience stores. 640 Toronto News, February 25, 2005, 6:00AM;; Rosella, Louie. Sales to minors, drunk driving no issue in Quebec: Booze in corner stores idea angers MADD. The Mississauga News, March 2, 2005.