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Where Not To Visit: The US Guide To Dry Counties

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This is a US map depicting alcohol regulations by county. Some might argue it's the most important map of America since Google Street View, and those people would be 100% correct.

When prohibition lifted almost eighty years ago, many communities (particularly in the Bible Belt) voted to keep alcohol bans in place at the local level. Today, there are still more than 200 "dry" counties nationwide with what most would consider excessively stringent liquor laws. There are even more that remain partially dry (or "moist," to those familiar with the particulars of prohibition legislation).

Also, apparently it's incredibly difficult to gather data in Mississippi. "That's Georgia." Oh -- right. Who knows, maybe they built a giant fence around the state to keep Alabama out. And can you blame them? No. I lived in Alabama for ten years, I get it.

These are the places in America where alcohol is still banned [io9]

Thanks to Arkim, who agrees the best kind of county is a wet one. SOAKING.

There are Comments.
  • elklovers

    I would like to know why there are some blue counties and some yellow counties in PA. All liquor laws in the state come from the LCB. There are some counties that have grocery stores that sell beer and possibly some wine but all "hard" liquor has to be purchased through the state stores. So, back to my question, what differentiates between the yellow and blue counties in PA?

  • I live in Mobile County Alabama.. and yes.. you're right.. it sucks here for the average everyday Gamer/Nerd D: NOW WHERE'S MAH BEER

  • Booyah Boy

    OMG YALL WHITE PEOPLE CRAZY

  • Hanadulset

    what's with the random strict one in south dakota?

  • J J

    More Importantly, the fence keeps the Georgian's in. (Well, except Newt Gingrich...damn!)

  • Emmitt Morgans

    If Wisconsin were to even HINT at going dry in any county there'd be a riot and a pile of bodies... just sayin'! (the same thing would probably happen in Minnesota and most other Northern/Midwestern states... Michigan looks like it sucks)

    Looking at the Utah liquor information I would definitely have to say that it sounds like the entire state should be yellow.  You can, however, buy real beer and other alcohol at state-owned stores... otherwise I would have practically counted the state as red (only 4%? you gotta be kidding me!)

    I also don't know why Georgia is grey, but it should be a mix of blue and yellow (depending upon whether or not the county allows the sale of alcohol on Sunday) AFAIK.

  • John Goodson

    Well, GW, the fence helps us keep out Alabama AND Florida.

  • Guest

    That is a lot stricter than I imagined. Thanks for providing the map. oh, and is there a world map?

  • alcohol should be banned for drinking everywhere.

  • Emmitt Morgans

    Doesn't everyone just love it when people find it necessary to push their religious beliefs on everyone else?  YAY!

    btw, reading this makes me want a drink (or 10)

  • haha... you don't need to be religious people to understand that alcohol is bad.
    from health and social norm.. I think it's still bad.what is any good thing can be brought with alcohol.. except brain cells deaths and uncontrollable act..?

  • KLanD

    Lets see.. Benefits of alcohol;
    Reduce your risk of developing heart disease. Reduce your risk of dying of a heart attack. Reduce your risk of strokes, particularly ischemic strokes. Lower your risk of gallstones. Reduce your risk of diabetes. In moderation Alcohol (especially red wine) is good for you. Banning it is absolutely ridiculous. I actually believe all drugs should be legal and regulated. Banning these items stems from the religious folks who believe their views should be applied to everyone.

  • n_a_a_s

     you should be banned from commenting everywhere

  • taran420

     Successfully trolled.

  • commenting is not a bad thing to do.

    but drinking alcohol, it sure is

  • Margaret McMahan

    Trust me we have booze here in Georgia, We just got rid of no sale on Sunday in most areas!!!!!!

  • This is not true,  Utah has a lot of Alcohol controls. Just look at any can of beer you can actually pick up at the store.

  • n_a_a_s

    Ugh, I've learned this lesson the hard way back when I used to tour the south as the 3 legged naked midget once known to many as toadstool

  • This is sorta bullshit, at least as far as PA goes.  Our liquor laws aren't the loosest, but we're hardly dry....and my county is no different than the others, not noticeably anyway, but it's up there as blue surrounded by yellow.  You can only buy hard liquors at "state stores" and the employees have to pass civil service exams.  These stores started opening on Sundays a few years ago.  Wine and beer have much looser rules.  Some supermarkets sell them, but it has to be in its own section and at certain times of day.  Beer can also be carried out in six-packs from licensed bars and restaurants.  Just because you can't buy it in the supermarket or at 7-11 hardly makes us a dry state....though our bars do close at 2.  I'm still sorta calling bullshit.  PA and Utah are totally different about liquor, but this shows them both as yellow.  Ugh.

  • hollywood_hillbilly

     You seem pretty ignorant about PA liquor laws.  Also, US geography.

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