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5 Bizarre Liquor Laws

gavelOver the years there have been some odd and truly bizarre laws surrounding liquor.


While researching these odd laws, we found that some of the most outlandish came exclusively from the USA. Whether or not these laws are still applicable or they simply exist but are no longer enforced is something we can’t say for sure. Regardless, here are five bizarre liquor laws.


1. Colorado, USA

If you’re an avid drinker and horse rider, then you may want to avoid living in Colorado, USA. This is because riding a horse while under any influence of alcohol is illegal. What the punishment for committing such a crime is we’re not 100% sure.


2. Georgia, USA

In Georgia public drunkenness is illegal. While this is by no means a weird law, the problem people have with this is that it seems the law conflicts with another law in Georgia that states drinking in public is fine. So you’re allowed to have alcoholic beverages, just make sure they don’t have an intoxicating effect on you.


3. Fairbanks, Alaska, USA

One of the more specifically odd laws, it is illegal for you to give alcohol to a certain type of animal in Fairbanks, Alaska – a moose. We’re not sure where the laws stand on other animals, but they’re very clear about maintaining the sobriety of moose.


4. St. Louis, Missouri, USA

If you’ve ever had the urge to go to St. Louis, Missouri and sit down on a curb with a big bucket of beer, then you better think again. It’s against the law. Then again, how many people decide that is the exact way they would like to enjoy their beer?


5. Ohio, USA

Another one for the “don’t get that animal drunk” collection, there is a law in Ohio that states you are not allowed to get a fish drunk. Maybe you can have one beer with your buddy fish, perhaps he can feel slightly tipsy, but under no circumstances can he get outright drunk.
Despite our best attempts to find similarly odd laws in other countries, we failed to find any worth noting. If you do know of any odd liquor laws – past or present – that exist in other countries, be sure to share them with us in the comments below.


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