Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Policy Adoption

Restrictions on Location and Density

When there are fewer places around where people can purchase alcohol, consuming alcohol becomes less convenient, and so less is consumed. In San Jose, California, for instance, a grassroots group called the Association for Responsible Alcohol Control worked to promote a law that would require new businesses to apply for a conditional-use permit in order to be allowed to make off-site alcohol sales.4 They garnered support for the bill by promoting awareness of the problems associated with alcohol outlets, especially among San Jose’s Latino population. As a result of the group’s efforts, the city council voted unanimously in favor of implementing the law.

Some examples of policies to restrict location and density of alcohol distribution in order to reduce underage drinking include:


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