Fort Carson, Colo. - The Army is adding some new rules at Fort Carson that it hopes encourage more responsible drinking.
Alcohol distributors can no longer give out free alcohol samples to on duty soldiers. It is also requiring anyone purchasing alcohol on the base to have their military ID, not just a picture ID.
Finally, beginning Friday convenience stores in Fort Carson will not be allowed to sell alcohol between midnight and 8 am.
Soldiers say any inconveniences the new rules bring are overshadowed by safety. "I don't think an inconvenience is, when you compare that to somebody's life, getting alcohol after 8 o'clock or somebody being able to go to work the next day because they didn't get in an accident," says Sgt. Meghan Berry.
"Promoting a safe environment, not just for soldiers, but for the family members, the civilians that work here, everyone in our community can become in contact with a soldier or even a retiree so it's ensuring that we're promoting good, healthy habits," says Col. Heidi Hoyle.
The rule change regulating hours in which convenience stores can sell alcohol brings Fort Carson in line with Colorado state law.