Article Correctness Is Author's Responsibility: Restricting Malt Liquor Sales is Linked to Reductions in Neighborhood Crime

Restricting the sale of malt liquor beer can help reduce crime in some communities, according to a new study. Malt liquor beer -- high in alcohol content, low cost, and widely sold in liquor stores and convenience stores -- is linked to heavy drinking, public inebriation, disorderly conduct, drug activity and other crimes. Consequently, since the 1990s, some cities have restricted its sale. In Washington state, certain urban neighborhoods were designated Alcohol Impact Areas and targeted with policies including restrictions on sales of malt liquor and similar products. Unpublished evaluations of these interventions have suggested positive social and health effects, but the research on crime impacts has been limited, with mixed findings. The study in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research found that malt liquor sales restrictions are associated with declining urban crime.