Indiana might finally do away with an archaic law that’s long outlasted the enthusiasm for its enforcement.
Are you ready for this, fellow Hoosiers? Pretty soon, Sunday liquor sales might be coming to our state!
True, you could still buy drinks at a bar or restaurant any day of the week. But Indiana is one of 12 remaining states that still cling to old blues laws forbidding the sale of alcohol in stores on Sunday. So if you want to buy any beer or spirits to take home, you better do your shopping between Monday and Saturday.
For now, at least, although that might change because the Indiana House passed a bill allowing Sunday sales last week. Currently, the bill is still being debated and amended in the statehouse.
College students and party animals might rejoice if this bill becomes law, but I doubt life will change much in the Region or the state as a whole. It won’t hurt, though, for when I say little will change, that includes changes for the worst.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, Indiana is on the lower end of alcohol-related deaths per year. It’s also about average on the annual tally of drunk-driving deaths, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Some of the other 11 states with no liquor on Sunday have similar statistics to Indiana, though some are worse. Also, some states that do allow liquor have low rates in both studies.
The old saying goes “correlation is not causation,” but there’s not even a consistent correlation. And frankly, it seems unlikely that one more day of sales will drastically alter the statistics in Indiana.
What will change is grocery stores will move more inventory, and liquor stores will get one more day of sales. And that wouldn’t just mean more in-state buyers. As every Northwest Indiana resident knows, the closer you get to the state line, the more liquor and tobacco shops you see because they’re taxed so much more in Illinois. So, liquor stores would likely see the most benefit from more business.