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4. Dry counties

Last updated: March 7, 2016

By , Insure.com

Alcohol prohibited

Anyone who saw “Footloose” knows how this is going to go. While moral or religious beliefs may have started the demand for a county or town to be “dry,” wanting to keep alcohol-related crime low appears to be the recent motivation for keeping the hooch out of easy reach. However, one news station revealed that the number of Driving While Intoxicated charges was higher in dry counties than in comparable wet counties.

Laws regarding alcohol sales are all over the place in the U.S. Thirty-three states have laws that allow local governments to prohibit alcohol sales -- and sometimes consumption and possession, as well. Three states, Kansas, Mississippi and Tennessee are completely dry; counties within each state must permit the sale of alcohol for it to be legal. Alcohol researcher David, J. Hanson, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the State University of New York at Potsdam, estimates that dry counties and municipalities make up 10 percent of the U.S.

And even if you live in a wet area, that doesn’t mean you can drink at any time – or get drinks for cheap. For instance, in Indiana, you can’t buy on Christmas Day, and on Sundays, you can only buy from restaurants, wineries, or breweries. In Massachusetts, happy hours are banned via a law that prohibits discounts at specific times. 

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