Lewis Diuguid

December 10, 2013

Missouri ranks high in drinking

It should come as no surprise that Missouri tops the list of states where people can best get their drink on. Time magazine lists Missouri No. 1 among the best states for drinking for the 80th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition.

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.

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