Utah Alcohol Laws

67 Primary Sources

Nov 15, 1851

JT recalls JS's leadership philosophy as teaching correct principles and letting them govern themselves.

Jun 7, 1863

Brigham Young shares with the Saints that he has a whiskey distillery.


MT recalls Mormon whiskey known as "valley tan."

Jan 1908

Edward H. Anderson encourages support of Prohibition in January 1908 Improvement Era.


Josiah F. Gibbs provides a hostile account of Brigham Young's distilleries.

Jan 15, 1919

Salt Lake Herald-Republican reports in January1919 that Utah Ratified the 18th Amendment.

Jan 16, 1919

The text of the 18th Amendment to the U.S Constitution.


Book reproducing newspaper headlines on Utah repealing Prohibition in 1933.

Dec 5, 1933

Text of the 21st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution that repealed the 18th Amendment.


Dialogue publishes historian Thomas G. Alexander's understanding of early 20th-century LDS views of prohibition.


Allan Kent Powell provides a scholarly overview of prohibition in Utah in Utah History Encyclopedia.

Feb 10, 2003

Church involved in alcohol legislation.

Jul 1, 2011

DN reports on lawsuit over Utah alcohol laws and elimination of "happy hour."

Nov 1, 2011

Salt Lake Tribune reports that the UHA filed lawsuit against state over alcohol laws.

Jan 22, 2012

Salt Lake Tribune reports on Utah's State attorneys defending LDS Church in alcohol lawsuit.

Jan 24, 2012

Utah Hospitality Association files federal lawsuit to expand alcohol access.

Mar 6, 2012

Daily Herald reports that Utah Hospitality Association files federal lawsuit over Utah alcohol laws.

Mar 25, 2012

Lawsuit over Utah alcohol laws.

Mar 26, 2012

Deseret News reports that Utah alcohol lawsuit was dismissed (March 2012).

Mar 26, 2012

KSL reports that Utah Hospitality Association's lawsuit concerning Utah alcohol laws was dismissed.

Mar 26, 2012

Federal judge BJ dismisses Utah alcohol lawsuit.

Mar 27, 2012

Yahoo! News reports that Utah alcohol lawsuit was dismissed by Judge Bruce Jenkins.

Apr 26, 2012

QSLM reports JBJ dismissed the UHA Utah alcohol lawsuit.

Aug 29, 2012

Lawsuit over Utah liquor laws.

Aug 30, 2012

Cedar City News reports on Utah alcohol lawsuit being dismissed by Judge Bruce Jenkins.

Jan 21, 2014

Church Newsroom makes case for restrictive alcohol laws.

Jan 21, 2014

Transcript of D. Todd Christofferson answering questions about Utah alcohol laws.

Jan 21, 2014

Church Newsroom publishes online article on Church's position concerning recent alcohol laws.

Jan 23, 2014

Church releases video opposing change to liquor laws.

Mar 14, 2014

Utah's annual rate of alcohol-attributable deaths.

Mar 16, 2014

Utah has lowest per capita rate of alcohol-related deaths.

Nov 12, 2014

Poll on Utahns' views of liquor laws.


Rhode Island's Alcohol Law.


Text of Utah law "HB422 Alcohol Amendments."


American Addiction Centres reports on Utah's alcohol-impaired driving fatalities and DUIs compared nationwide (2017).

Mar 1, 2017

Marjorie Cortez reports that the "Zion Curtain" law changed by the House committee.

Apr 26, 2017

Glen Warchol comments on Utah liquor laws.

Jul 2, 2017

Zion Curtain law changed.

Aug 27, 2017

USGPO lists date that Utah ratified the 18th Amendment.

Aug 27, 2017

Ratification of 21st Amendment by Utah.


Scholarly overview of Church's political influence.

Dec 2018

National Alcohol Beverage Control Association provides an overview of Pennsylvania's Alcohol Law.


Utah State Legislature defines alcohol limits in Utah law.

Feb 11, 2019

2KUTV reports on Church opposing new alcohol law in Utah.

Feb 11, 2019

Church opposes recent alcohol law.

Mar 26, 2019

Ben Winslow reports that Gary Herbert signed bill allowing increased alcohol weight/volume.

Mar 26, 2019

KS of SLT reports on GH's SB132 law, which ups alcohol-content limits in stores.

Oct 18, 2019

Dennis Romboy in Deseret News publishes article describing how Utah's liquor laws hit "sweet spot."


Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control publishes online article concerning benefits of Liquor Control States.


Website for the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control provides background of DABC.

Jan 5, 2020

SLT reports on Utah's LDS population.

May 12, 2020

Utah State Legislature discusses laws and regulations concerning sale of alcohol products in a full-service restaurant.

Jul 2020

CDC Fact Sheet on Alcohol-Impaired Driving in Utah.

Dec 2020

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports on Utah's Alcohol-Impaired-Driving Fatalities in 2018 and 2019.

Dec 2020

Utah population growth driven mostly by net migration.

Dec 2020

University of Utah publishes State and County-Level Estimates for Utah Population Growth on Website.

Dec 21, 2020

Utah Department of Health publishes online article showing that Utah is below national rates of binge drinking.


National Alcohol Beverage Control Association shows the various control states throughout the U.S. along with their respective organizations.


VU posts tourist info on beer and liquor.


Utah.com, a private website, provides summary of state liquor laws for tourists.


Utah Department of Safety publishes FAQ on Utah alcohol laws.


Infographic for State Liquor Laws.


Visit Utah website provides tourist information on liquor laws in Utah.


University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute reports on Utah's alcohol-impaired driving deaths and excessive drinking compared nationwide (2021).

Jan 14, 2021

Lee Davidson in Salt Lake Tribune publishes article on LDS majority in Utah Legislature.

Feb 9, 2021

SW law on alcohol.

Apr 8, 2021

Delaware Alcohol Laws.