Lewis W. Diuguid

Missouri ranks high in drinking

Updated: 2013-12-11T00:26:58Z

By Lewis W. Diuguid

The Kansas City Star

It should come as no surprise that Missouri tops the list of states where people can best get their drink on.

That was Time magazine’s finding in its look at the three best and the three worst states in the U.S. for drinking. “Missouri has no restrictions against open containers,” Time reporter Christopher Matthews writes, “and the only places it’s illegal to be drunk in public are occupied schools, churches or courthouses.”

Tailgate parties before games are common, and open drinking regularly occurs at other public events.

Combine that with the lowest cigarette tax in the country, and it’s easy to get the picture of Missouri being a wild party state. But that probably wouldn’t sell well on any chamber of commerce website or brochure.

To reach Lewis W. Diuguid, call 816-234-4723 or send email to ldiuguid@kcstar.com.

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