Restrictions on Alcoholic Beverages Sales
Presented are some of the most common restrictions to alcoholic beverage sales.
Alcohol Sales and consumption regulations* Alcohol cannot be sold, served, possessed, or consumed to anyone less than 21.
* Alcohol cannot be sold to anyone intoxicated or consumed by anyone intoxicated on licensed premises.
* Alcohol cannot be purchased with food stamps.
* Happy hours or free or reduced drink prices during limited hours. Special drink prices must be offered all day. Drink promotions like buy two get one free or buy one get one half off, or buy a meal and get a free drink are illegal.
* Only one drink at a time can be served to a single customer for consumption. The only exception is that one shot and one beer can be served together.
* A pitcher of alcoholic beverage must be served to two or more persons. A single bottle of wine is allowed to be sold to one person.
* Employees are not allowed to drink alcoholic beverages while on duty even if the business is closed.
* For restaurants, food sales must exceed 30% of total food and alcohol sales.
Hours of Sale* Alcohol can only be served Monday * Saturday between 7am and 2am.
* Even though sales must end at 2am, customers have until 2:30am to consume all remaining alcohol. By 2:30am all tables, counters, and bars must be cleared of alcohol.
* On Sundays alcohol can only be sold, served, and consumed after noon.
* All ABC stores closed on Sundays. ABC stores also closed on New Year's Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, or Christmas Day.
Prohibition on Manufacture or SaleThe manufacture or sale of alcohol without the appropriate ABC permit is prohibited. That prohibition is codified in the following statute:
N.C. Gen Stat * 18B-102. Manufacture or sale is forbidden except as expressly authorized.
(a) General Prohibition. * It shall be unlawful for any person to manufacture, sell, transport, import, deliver, furnish, purchase, consume, or possess any alcoholic beverages except as authorized by the ABC law.
(b) Violation a Class 1 Misdemeanor. * Unless a different punishment is otherwise expressly stated, any person who violates any provision of this Chapter shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor