6 Weird Drinking Laws


It’s Illegal To Be Drunk In A Pub – United Kingdom

The 1872 Licensing Act  which makes being drunk ANYWHERE in the UK an offence was written in a way that makes it illegal to be drunk in the pub according to the Drinks Business. It states that “every person found drunk in any highway or other public place, whether a building or not, or on any licensed premises, shall be liable to a penalty.”

And given that a pub can be a buzz factory to begin with…the concept of making such a place liable to laws banning passive drunkenness is strange indeed. And interestingly enough it was just updated this month, although clearly it’s seldom enforced.

Being Drunk While In Charge Of Livestock – UK / US

Both the United Kingdom and the US have laws about being drunk while handling livestock.

The second key part of the UK’s not-so-vaguely puritanical, 1872 Licensing Act declares: Every person . . . who is drunk while in charge on any highway or other public place of any carriage, horse, cattle, or steam engine (!), … shall be liable to a penalty….so don’t go herding livestock after power-pounding beer.

In the US, it is still an offence in the state of Colorado to drink while on horseback, but evidently you can drunkenly chase around cattle as much as you want as long as horses aren’t involved. And then there’s sheep but that’s a whole different thing!

It’s Illegal To Give A Moose A Beer (US)

In Alaska, home to some great craft breweries by the way, it’s illegal to share alcohol with any passing moose that happens your way, even if you’re just trying to be friendly.

And in Ohio there are evidently still laws on the books prohibiting giving alcohol to fish. (Don’t even ask)!

Only One Glass Of Wine For Married Women (Bolivia)

And if there was any doubt that machismo can temper a country’s mandates, there are still laws in Bolivia that prohibit married women from having more than one glass of wine in a restaurant or bar.

Women who enjoy more than one glass are supposedly at risk of becoming “morally and sexually lax” and that alone is sufficient enough grounds for a divorce.

But before we condemn Bolivia as both sexist and backward know that in Pennsylvania there are still six decades old laws on the books that states that a man must have written permission from his wife in order to buy booze.

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