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Impact of Legislation to Prohibit 'Happy Hours' in Indiana, 1983-1986 (ICPSR 9732)

Principal Investigator(s): Maxfield, Michael G.


This research program was undertaken in Indiana to evaluate the effectiveness of legislation that prohibited "happy hours," the sale of alcoholic beverages at reduced prices during specified times. The happy hour ban sought to curb abusive drinking that can occur when alcoholic beverages are served at significantly reduced prices for a limited time only. The goal of the data collection was to determine whether any reduction in automobile accidents could be attributed to the ban on happy hours. Researchers used an interrupted time-series design to observe trends over time. Data used in this evaluation were extracted from the Accident Statistical Master Tapes for 1983 through 1986 for the state of Indiana, which include annual compilations of all accidents. Variables measure the number of accidents during the specified times. The first data file has as its unit of analysis weeks, defined as beginning Monday and ending on Friday. The second data file has as its unit of analysis bi-weekly periods.

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  • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.


DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  All Indiana Highway Accidents, January 1983-June 1986 - Download All Files (0.873 MB)
DS2:  All Alcohol-Related Indiana Highway Accidents, January 1983-June 1986 - Download All Files (0.848 MB)

Study Description


Maxfield, Michael G. IMPACT OF LEGISLATION TO PROHIBIT "HAPPY HOURS" IN INDIANA, 1983-1986. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University, School of Public and Environmental Affairs [producer], 1991. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1992.

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (86-IJ-CX-0084)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    alcohol, alcohol abuse, drinking behavior, driving under the influence, traffic accidents

Geographic Coverage:    Indiana, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1983-01--1986-06

Date of Collection:   

  • 1986

Universe:    All automobile accidents in the state of Indiana during the period 1983-1986.

Data Type(s):    administrative records data


Data Source:

Indiana State Police Archives: ACCIDENT STATISTICAL MASTER TAPES, 1983-1986


Original ICPSR Release:   1992-03-04

Version History:

  • 2006-01-18 File CB9732.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.

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