LOCAL MALT LIQUOR POLICIES
This page provides resources to advocates and policymakers interested in exploring the use of local policies to restrict retail sales of problematic alcoholic beverages such as malt liquor and fortified wine. These high-alcohol, low-cost beverages have been associated with health and social problems for individual consumers, as well as with public drinking and a spectrum of nuisance crimes in the neighborhoods where they are sold.
The information provided here is based on a study of the experiences of over 30 cities in the U.S. that have addressed these problems by adopting local policies to restrict sales.
Existing Policies in U.S. Cities
- Study Overview (.pdf)
- Definitions: Malt Liquor and Fortified Wine (.pdf)
- Local Policy Formats (.pdf)
- Restriction Types (.pdf)
- Malt Liquor Policies in U.S. Cities (.xls)
Designing and Implementing Policies
- Things to Consider (.pdf)
- Pros and Cons of Policy Formats (.pdf)
- Pros and Cons of Restriction Types (.pdf)
- Talking Points (.pdf)
- Sample Policy Language
- Evaluating Policies (.pdf)
- Literature on Malt Liquor (.pdf)
Search for Policies by City
See Malt Liquor Policies in U.S. Cities for a complete list. Select city and scroll for policy information.