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Strange laws on alcohol in the United States, which surprised the Russian-speaking immigrant

Author of the channel “Americano | Americano ”on“ Yandex.Zen ” talked about American alcohol laws that surprised him after moving to the United States. Further - from the first person.

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After moving to the United States, I was constantly amazed at local laws, customs and customs, but this is not surprising: the country is completely different, I often got into trouble because of ignorance of local laws or customs. Perhaps this article will help future tourists or expats, or maybe just amuse my compatriots!

By the way, I must remind you that alcohol has a detrimental effect on your health, I do not recommend its use, and even more so - abuse, take care of yourself and your loved ones!

I remembered the first law perfectly: an absurd situation was connected with it.

Literally in the first month after moving, I went to the store and decided to buy a bottle of local, American bourbon. However, in the first store there was nothing stronger than beer and cocktails. Okay - went to the next store - the same story. Already in the third store, I still decided to ask the seller, then our dialogue:

"And where is actually something stronger?"
"Left in Russia, go on ..."

Okay, this is just a joke.

In fact, it turned out that strong alcohol (stronger than 8 degrees, if I'm not mistaken) is sold in separate stores that sell only alcohol. It is not sold in ordinary ordinary stores. It may seem that this is inconvenient - after shopping, go to another place to buy a drink, but in fact, such stores are often located next to large supermarkets, or even located in their buildings. For what it was done - I did not understand. In my opinion, this is pointless, but I am not an expert, maybe someone is better off this.

But due to ignorance of the next law, you can already get a fine.

Moreover, I consider it even more incomprehensible and useless in principle. In the United States, you cannot transport open alcohol in a car. For violation - a fine. So, if you are driving a friend in the car who has decided to drink a bottle of beer, you have to wait until he drains it, or put the bottle in the trunk. Honestly - I don't understand the meaning of this law, what is it aimed at, what benefits does it bring? Unclear.

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Further, a fairly well-known law is the sale of alcohol to persons over 21 years old.

Actually, I don't mind, it's right not to let kids buy alcohol. But specifically in the United States, you can study and take a license from the age of 16, undergo military training from 17, and from 20 to go to military operations. Now we imagine the whole place a picture: a young guy is going home with the thought that soon he will be sent to Iraq (for example), but he cannot even stop by on the way to the store and buy himself a bottle of beer - in my opinion it sounds absurd.

There is another strange law, but I'm not sure about it.

Legend has it that in the United States you are required to ask for documents when buying alcohol, and no matter how old you are, even if your hair has fallen off and your face is covered with gray bristles. For example, I am constantly asked for documents: the truth is, I'm young enough, in addition, I am always shaved smoothly, which makes me visually even younger. But, again, I often saw documents being asked from very adult people. I can’t say with full confidence, but there are still all the makings to the fact that this is true. A very strange law.

The next law is the time until which alcohol can be sold.

In most states, alcohol is sold before 00:00, that is, before midnight, but in some states it is completely until 02:00. In addition, many institutions offer alcohol delivery service: they can bring you alcohol generally around the clock! The absolute opposite of Russia.

The soft law is the permissible level of alcohol in the blood while driving.

In the United States, the permissible rate of alcohol in the driver's blood is 0.8 ppm, for comparison - in Russia this rate is 0.3 ppm, that is, in the USA the rate is almost 3 times higher. How much is it in practice?

About a year ago, I talked to a taxi driver, asked about local “special” laws, alcohol was among them. According to him, you can drink 1-2 bottles of beer and take the test in 10 minutes. The indicators will be normal. Or a couple of glasses of wine. Agree, in comparison with Russian laws, this is rather mild.

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And another law is drinking in public places.

I don’t remember how it was in Russia, but in the USA, again, it’s rather mild. In general, alcohol is prohibited in public places, but if you buy a special opaque bag, you can forget about this prohibition and drink anything and anywhere, even in a city park, even on a playground. As far as I hear, the police cannot even check what is in your package, as long as you behave appropriately and do not row (in which case, of course, you will have questions).

On the one hand, there are many strict laws in the United States, but on the other, rather soft laws, and yet they all relate to the same industry. That's what I was talking about - "from one extreme to another." That's how, between two fires, we live in the USA!

Original column published on the blog. “Americano | Americano ”on“ Yandex.Zen ”

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