Liquor won’t be sold on holidays in West Virginia

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The West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration is telling people to plan ahead if they want to buy alcohol for the holidays this year.

Per state law a retail liquor store may not sell liquor on Christmas Day and liquor also may not be sold on Sundays.

This year, Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday and Christmas follows on Monday. No liquor sales will be permitted either day.

Those wishing to ring in 2018 also will be impacted because New Year’s Eve falls on a Sunday.

Although you cannot buy wine, beer and champagne may be purchased after 1 PM on Sundays. Restaurants, bars, and private clubs will be able to sell liquor on their premises.

Employees of the West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Administration also offer these tips for a joyous and safe holiday season:

  • Don’t drink and drive. Have a designated driver, use public transportation, or other ride-sharing apps.
  • Heed alcohol warning labels for prescription medication.
  • Do not over-consume and be aware of possible negative consequences from drinking too much. This could include accidents, assaults, fires, falls and alcohol poisoning.
  • Do not drink alcohol on an empty stomach.
  • If you are sick, depressed, or taking medication, you should not drink alcohol. Alcohol is a depressant and can heighten the way you fell in a negative manner.
  • If you are hosting a gathering where alcohol will be served, we recommend:
  • Providing non-alcoholic beverages
  • Providing food
  • Ceasing alcohol service at least one hour or more before your party ends
  • Avoiding common source access to beverages like a keg or unattended bar. Provide a responsible server and do not over-serve.
  • Making your event centered around the gathering and not getting intoxicated

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