A proposal to reduce the operating hours of bars in the Labrador community of Nain has the community divided.

"There are politicians who don't want to touch this because there's a split in agreement in what should happen," said Tony Andersen, AngajukKak or mayor of Nain.

"Should we ban alcohol? Should we remove bars? It is a real hot potato."

The community's alcohol committee made a recommendation to the Newfoundland Labrador Liquor Corporation that bars open at 7 p.m. instead of the current 4 p.m. and close at 11 p.m. except on Saturday night when closing time would be 2 a.m.

Andersen doesn't think many people go to the bars at 4 p.m., but people will go for some drinks as an happy hour social. 

Andersen is unsure if changing bar hours will make a difference.

"It may not stop people from drinking any less. Alcohol is readily available from the liquor store or bootlegger," he said.

There is no word on a decision about changes to the bar hours.

Andersen cautions that the community has to be careful.

"We have to watch that what we do as a council and what the alcohol committee does will not make things worse," he said.