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Student Views: What do you think of Sunday alcohol sales?

Written by: Communicator StaffMarch 21, 2018

Written By: Bernadette  Becker

As of March 4, 2018, alcohol can be sold in Indiana from noon to 8 p.m. due to a legislation that recently passed the Indiana State Legislature.

This will mark the first Sunday alcohol sales in the state’s 201 year history. While some local businesses are heralding the news and preparing to be open one extra day a week, many people are confused as to what started the Sunday alcohol ban in the first place.

Part of the history of the alcohol ban is rooted in the temperance movement of the 19th and 20th centuries and in some religious groups, such as traditional Methodist beliefs. Indiana has had its alcohol laws evolve as the Prohibition came and went.

A documentary entitled, “Roots of Prohibition” by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, explained the temperance movement was tied to the abolition movement and the desire to eradicate what they consider sin in all forms.

An unlikely group has fought against legalizing alcohol sales historically: liquor stores. They think that if grocery stores or other retailers can sell carry out alcohol then it will harm their profitability, according to USA Today.

Other states such as Michigan and Ohio are upset with the Sunday sales law because it will cut into their state revenue, since many people cross the borders if they want to get alcohol on Sundays, according to the Chicago Tribune.

One other odd alcohol fact with Indiana: it is the only sale to regulate beer based on temperature, such as the cold beer prohibition, according to IndyStar.

“I had never heard of it… I would never support alcohol, on any days…. I’ve noticed that alcohol has a negative effect on whoever drinks it… so why drink it in the first place?”

-Tamvir Minhas, freshman, electrical and computer engineering

“I think it’s fine…We were one of two states that didn’t already have alcohol sales on Sunday…It hasn’t affected me that much”

-Alicia Griffin,  sophomore, biology

“I don’t really care…Sunday we just kinda hang out at home so it’s not like we are going wild or anything.”

-Sierra Bergdoll,  freshman, business management

“I think that’s probably good overall…I heard about it and then I felt like it happened like a week later, I thought it was gonna be one of those things that takes a couple months to happen”

-Luke McKinney, freshman, biology