If a liquor store sells an already extremely intoxicated person alcohol, is it responsible if harm occurs to that person due to their intoxication?

Asked on September 5, 2014 under Personal Injury, Missouri


Anne Brady / Law Office of Anne Brady

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

The liquor store may be responsible under a principle known as dramshop liability.  Certainly, if the already drunken person gets more drunk and then gets behind the wheel of a car and kills someone, the liquor store is on the hook.  But if the drunken person merely stumbled and fell, the question may be whether the additional liquor made any difference.  Dramshop laws vary by state.

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