Time Mag celebrates Thursday's 80th anniversary of the end of Prohibition (21st Amendment ratified) by pointing us to the 3 best and 3 worst states for drinking. Missouri comes in number one as the best state to get a drink. And what makes Missouri the best?
"There’s no place better in the country to get your drink on than the Show-Me State. Missouri has no restrictions against open containers, and the only places it’s illegal to be drunk in public are occupied schools, churches or courthouses. While localities can pass laws banning public intoxication it's prohibited for cities and towns to require arrest for such offenses."
Nevada and Wisconsin are 2nd and 3rd best drinker states.
The worst states are Utah (no surprise), Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.
I guess being the best means how easy it is to get a drink. I am not shocked by Pennsylvania after we spent a week in Pittsburgh 2 years ago at a family reunion. Here's what the article says about Pennsylvania: "If you’re not from the Keystone State, stocking up for a party can be a pretty confusing task. All wine and liquor sold in the state are done so by state-owned liquor stores, which don’t sell beer at all. If you want a six-pack of brews, you would think that a “beer distributor” would be the place to go, except that those establishments are only allowed to sell cases. For anything less you have to go to a restaurant with a liquor control board-issued license."
You have to work very hard and drive to many places to get beer, wine or liquor in Pa. This is rather shocking because we think of the eastern states as pretty easy going and open minded.