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Where You Can--And Cannot--Drink in Public in the U.S.

  1. Beenthere2Hippie

    It can be hard to tell in some cities, but public drinking is illegal in much of the US.

    As the Huffington Post's investigation uncovered, hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people are arrested or ticketed under these bans each year. And what counts as a public space under the bans — a street, sidewalk, park, beach, or stadium — can vary wildly from state to state and city to city, even from block to block.

    Many of these restrictions came about after states and cities repealed bans on public drunkenness. Many legal scholars argued the public drunkenness laws wasted police and court resources, were disproportionately enforced against minorities and poor people, and tried to address issues of alcohol abuse that are better left to health and religious institutions rather than the criminal justice system.

    Of course, public drinking laws have many of the same problems: in a review of a month's worth of public drinking tickets in Brooklyn, a New York City judge's staff in 2012 found that, as reported by the New York Times, "85 percent of the summonses were issued to blacks and Latinos, while only 4 percent were issued to whites" — even though 36 percent of Brooklyn's population is white.

    But that hasn't stopped some states and cities from enforcing the laws — although some police officers might take a more relaxed approach during holidays like St. Patrick's Day and Cinco de Mayo, or the bans might not be enforced very harshly at all.

    By German Lopez - Vox /March 14, 2015
    Newshawk Crew

    Author Bio

    BT2H is a retired news editor and writer from the NYC area who, for health reasons, retired to a southern US state early, and where BT2H continues to write and to post drug-related news to DF.


  1. TheBigBadWolf
    fucking racist hypocrites.

    I shold stop writing before I get in a rage.
    I'm not at all condoning drinking overly. I dont even like alcohol and the 'high' it gives. But others do.

    And public is - well exactly that: PUBLIC. *facepalm*

    Is this made to ban drinkers (sorry I didnt mean alcoholics, but people who drink alcoholic beverages) into their homes where they can hide and rot?
    Is this so nobody SEES that people are drinking?

    Brown paper bags, eh?

    But for fucks sake why does anybody have a problem with drinking in public? it's not an issue at all in my country and we dont have more or less alcoholics than US..

    Its a game for LEOs and judges to be racist pigs, covered by 'law' - when I saw the Brooklyn numbers I thought wtf.

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