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Fewer businesses sell alcohol to minors

The number of Indiana businesses willing to sell alcohol to minors continues to be at an all-time low as a result of inspections by Indiana State Excise Police.

Since the Alcohol & Tobacco Commission launched its initiative in April 2007, the number of Indiana businesses willing to sell alcoholic beverages to minors has fallen every year. At that time, 33.1% of businesses were willing to sell alcohol to minors without checking identification. Rates have steadily declined since that time to 5.2% last year.

From Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2012, excise officers working with underage youth in the Survey for Alcohol Compliance conducted 9,978 inspections, with 504 failures – a 5.204% failure rate. That's down slightly from a 5.591% failure rate in 2011.

Among the businesses most willing to sell to minors in 2012 were farm wineries (30.0%), horse tracks, satellite facilities and gaming sites (26.7%), historic river vessels (23.3%), and hotels (14.3%).

Least likely to sell alcohol to minors were civic centers (no failures), economic redevelopment projects (no failures), private clubs (1.5%), drug stores (2.0%) and grocery stores (3.3%).

Package stores were willing to sell alcohol to minors in 7.7% of inspections, while restaurants and bars were willing to sell in 6.8% of inspections.

Scott County had the highest failure rate at 40%, followed by Crawford County (37.5%), Brown County (33.3%), Warren County (33.3%), Owen County (23.1%), Orange County (22.2%) and Marion County (21.2%).

Seventeen counties had no failures: Adams, Benton, Carroll, Cass, Clay, Fountain, Jefferson, LaGrange, Newton, Parke, Pike, Pulaski, Putnam, Rush, Tipton, Union and Wells.

State Excise Police officers will continue to conduct alcohol-compliance inspections in order to reduce the number of businesses willing to sell alcoholic beverages to minors.

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