“Here’s to alcohol: the cause of, and answer to, all of life’s problems.” -Homer Simpson
Living in New Orleans, I often forget how the rest of the country doesn’t act like we do. We can take our drinks to go, walk around with open containers, and be drunk before noon without anyone batting an eye. The booze here flows endlessly, but in some other places in the US, it doesn’t flow at all.
You’ve heard of “dry” counties—ones that prohibit alcohol sales. These antiquated, puritan laws are mainly the result of Christian denominations trying to keep their citizens upstanding and away from dangerous temptations. While alcohol consumption can lead to awful things like violence, sexual assault and drunk driving, people will always find a way to get their hands on a bottle. And now, some of these dry counties have a larger issue at hand…
People will always seek out vices