Following the Rules

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Blue laws in the United States vary by state. They're are laws designed to enforce religious standards. Many states prohibit selling alcoholic beverages for on- and off-premises sales in one form or another on Sundays at some restricted time.

Blue laws usually reflect a community's anxieties and give some insight into what's been going on enough to want to legislate against.

In Hawaii, for instance, if you're purchasing more than one alcoholic drink, and it's not obvious, the bartender should ask "who is that other drink (or drinks) for," and the customer must point them out. And that person (or persons) may not be holding a drink. Why is this law in place? Probably because people were buying multiple cocktails and serving them to their underage accomplices. Another liquor law in Hawaii is that a current copy of the liquor laws and rules booklet (called the Blue Book) shall be available at all times on the licensed premises and accessible to employees.

If we take a look internationally, however, and you'll see some interesting laws:

Riding a bicycle while drunk can get you sent to psychological review

Drunk bicycling is not a good idea. There's a reason your spin class doesn't have a bar. In Germany, though, they take it pretty seriously. Not only will you lose your license, you can be ordered to undergo an MPA, or medical-psychological assessment. Naughty Bacchus wouldn't mind assessing some of the following cyclists:

But we know that these sexy spinners are probably not the ones who are likely to violate Germany's laws.

In the coming weeks, we'll take a look at some other bizarre drinking laws in various United States and international communities. Let us know if you know any that you'd like to share.

Meanwhile, come on in and drink with us! You'll be glad you did.