Strange Alcohol Laws in the U.S.

There are over 70 different types of licenses for selling alcohol in Kansas, and seven classifications dictating alcohol sales in a county, ranging from dry, wet, moist, limited, golf course, winery, and qualified historic site (QHS). In Kansas, voters are not allowed to buy alcoholic beverages during primary or general elections but can during special elections. Grocery stores must have a separate entrance and shop in order to sell wine or liquor, and consumers can run a tab on beer at a bar but cannot do the same for distilled spirits or wine.

Beverages with more than 3.2% alcohol by weight or 4% by volume (most liquors, wines, and even beers now) must be sold at room temperature in licensed liquor stores. Oklahoman beer distributors sell low-point beer to avoid this limitation, allowing beer to not just be sold in convenience stores and supermarkets, but also refrigerated!

Indiana is the only state in the U.S. that bans all alcohol sales on Sundays outside of bars and restaurants.

You can legally drink under the age of 21 in Texas if you are accompanied by a parent, guardian, or spouse. The parent, guardian, or spouse must be visibly present while the minor is possessing or consuming the alcohol.

You may not be able to receive a permit for serving beverages of low alcohol content if you are specifically a donut shop:

A. The commissioner shall not:
(7) Issue a permit of any class to any donut shop for the sale of alcoholic beverages. For purposes of this Paragraph, “donut shop” shall be defined as an establishment that meets all of the following:
(a) Sells donuts, pastries, or other confections.
(b) Does not operate a fully equipped kitchen used for the preparation of uncooked foods, other than donuts, pastries, or other confections, for service and consumption of such foods on the premises.
(c) Does not prepare and serve uncooked foods, other than donuts, pastries, or other confections, at least five days a week.

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  1. For a 180 pound guy, a glass 5oz of wine would be about 0.05, depending on how quckily it was consumed. It’s supposed to work that if you drink it, your BAC will be 0.00 after 1 hour, but I think wines are too strong now for that to work. Most are 13.5%, and a good amount of pinot noirs are in the 14-16%, with red zinfandels a bit higher, up to 17.5%. The 5oz glass of wine was supposed to be 12%, but the only thing like that now is Riesling.The BAC would increase if you weighed less or were female. Find an online BAC calculator. I would assume it won’t correspond to reality. I won’t drive if they say I’m over 0.04, even though the limit is 0.08.

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