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December 9, 2013

Time magazine: Missouri No. 1 state for drinking

Last week, Time magazine published a list of “The 3 Best and 3 Worst States in America for Drinking” — and Missouri was at the top of the “best” list. “There’s no place better in the country to get your drink on than the Show-Me State,” writes Time reporter Christopher Matthews.

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Last Thursday marked the 80th anniversary of Repeal Day, when the United States ended its prohibition of alcohol.

To commemorate the anniversary, Time published a lighthearted list of

“The 3 Best and 3 Worst States in America for Drinking.”

At the top of the “best” list: Missouri.

“There’s no place better in the country to get your drink on than the Show-Me State,” writes Time reporter Christopher Matthews.

“Missouri has no restrictions against open containers,” Matthews continues, “and the only places it’s illegal to be drunk in public are occupied schools, churches or courthouses.”

Also on Time’s short list of alcohol-friendly states: Nevada, home of Sin City, and Wisconsin, the land of beer and cheese.

Utah, where keg sales are prohibited, was dubbed the worst state for drinking by Time. The Beehive state was followed by Massachusetts, where happy hours are banned, and Pennsylvania, where the state-owned liquor stores don’t sell beer.

Kansas didn’t make the best or the worst list —

probably because liquor laws in the Sunflower State were loosened last year.

Enterprise reporter Sarah Gish writes dining columns for Ink and 913. Contact her via email at sgish@kcstar.com or tweet @sarah_gish.

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