Like the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Amendments, the Eighteenth Amendment was a gross overreach of progressive politics. Thanks to efforts like the "Million Lush March" and campaigns like "Keep Your Hands of my Hooch," the Eighteenth Amendment was repealed in 1933, and today's Americans enjoy their liquor according to the laws of their state.
However, drinking in public—on the street, the sidewalk, in the alley, behind the tool shed, etc.— remains for the most part restricted, because no one wants to see what happens when a pack of wine coolers finds itself between two co-eds. Or at least that's what the authorities tell us. I for one do want to see what happens.
HuffPo finally made itself useful by examining municipal laws, zoning codes, and torts in all 50 states to find where in this country Americans enjoy the legal freedom to drink in public. If you need me, you'll find me in the following locations.
Hood River, Or.
Oregonians keep winning the day.
Sorry, I'm still giggling at the name. Butte. Hello ladies.
The Wheel of Fortune is a lot more fun when you're drunk.
Right after State College, Pa., and Iowa City, Ia., Lincoln is the best Big Ten town in the conference.
Kansas City, Mo.
Good enough reason to be a Cowboys fan.
I'm shocked there's not an even more random town in Texas that allows public drinking.
Naptown is an underrated Midwestern city.
Had to be drunk to watch Kevin Ware bust his leg.
Memphis is known for its music and food, all of which are improved by public intoxication.
Alabama has the highest number of individual cities that allow public drinking. Since all Alabama is good for is National Championships, I figure we'd group that together in one state, for the good of you, the reader. Don't tell me I don't help you out from time to time.
You've got to be drunk to dodge hurricanes and Brett Favre.
Drunk in public? Who dat?
Drunk dawgs on top.
It makes sense that Erie is the only Northeastern city to permit public drinking since you might as well be in Canada.
If your town isn't on this list, fear not. Mask that Four Loko in a brown bag and drink away. And if cop asks why you are stumbling in the street, tell him you have rights and the po po need a warrant for that. Then see what happens next.
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