Is Utah a Dry State?


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Utah is not considered a "dry" state, but the alcohol laws that regulate the buying and selling of alcohol are some of the most restrictive in the United States as of 2014. It is a control state, meaning the state government has a monopoly on the retailing of alcoholic beverages.

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Is Utah a Dry State?
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The restrictive alcohol laws in Utah tie in to the large population of Mormons in the state. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints prohibits its members from drinking alcohol, thus limiting the demand for more relaxed alcohol laws. In commercial facilities, such as restaurants, alcohol can not be served after 1 a.m. The state sets a limit of 3.2 percent alcohol by weight in beverages sold in most stores, though beverages with a higher percentage of alcohol can be sold in the state-owned liquor stores.

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