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6 Weird Alcohol Laws From Around the Country

America went through a grand experiment called Prohibition which failed miserably and was repealed in 1933. Since then, laws surrounding alcohol are set by state and local governments, and they can vary widely. Some places have strange restrictions to curb excessive drinking. We read about Utah’s restrictions recently, and mental_floss has a list of other strange liquor laws in this post. I grew up in a completely “dry” area, where you bought liquor from a bootlegger or traveled to the nearest “wet” area to get it. Now this area is a patchwork, where you can buy liquor in some towns, but not out in the counties. Are there weird restrictions on alcohol sales and use where you live?

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The town I grew up in still doesn't have legal alcohol sales. After 40 years of referendums, my current hometown finally got liquor by the drink about 15 years ago. That meant that restaurants that seated over 100 people within the city limits could apply for a limited number of liquor licenses. But your sales had to stay at least 50% food to keep it. That meant cheap liquor and the most expensive food people would keep paying for. Years later, we got liquor stores and I think the restaurant rules may have eased, because the city is making tons of money now.
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