According to Stars & Stripes, The Navy’s top admiral is imposing limits on the way the Navy sells booze. The Navy plans to stop selling liquor at its mini marts altogether, and will be limiting the hours in which alcohol can be sold at any of its exchanges. If you want to buy alcohol on a Naval base, you’re going to have to do it between the hours of 6 a.m and 10 p.m.
The effort follows a Pentagon report, released in May, that estimates as many as 26,000 service members may have been sexually assaulted last year. Alcohol is often involved. In a survey, 55 percent of Navy women said they or the offender had consumed alcohol before unwanted sexual contact.
Robert Parker, a University of California at Riverside sociology professor who has studied the links between alcohol and crime, said restricting on-base alcohol sales should help even if there are places to buy it nearby.
“If you make something like alcohol harder to get, you restrict the hours, you restrict the places it can be bought, then generally consumption goes down in that community or that area because people have a lot of things to do in addition to buying alcohol,” Parker said. “There will be some individuals that will be determined no matter what, and they’ll travel 100 miles to buy a six pack, but most people won’t do that.”
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