Lets Celebrate “NATIONAL ALCOHOL SCREENING DAY” with this funny 9 WEIRDEST DRINKING LAWS AROUND THE WORLD
Every year, National Alcohol Screening Day raises awareness about the harmful effects alcohol abuse and alcohol dependency can have on a person. By bringing an opportunity for education, referrals and treatment to those with alcohol dependency issues, screening is a large part of the outreach program. 9 WEIRDEST DRINKING LAWS AROUND THE WORLD
1. Drunk drivers face a firing squad
No one in their right mind will argue that drunk driving isn’t dangerous and idiotic. But you might wonder if punishment in El Salvador is a little severe. There, it’s possible to be sentenced to death by firing squad for a first offense. If we instituted the policy here, Hollywood wouldn’t exist.
2. It’s illegal to be drunk in a club or pub
In general, if you’re headed to a club or bar without the intention of getting a little turns up, you’re either the designated driver, or you’re lost. These places exist so we can drink somewhere less depressing than our apartments without being judged.
In the United Kingdom, though, it’s still technically illegal for a pub or club owner to let you overindulge. We’re no historians, but we think this dates back to the Prohibition of Fun Act of 1872.
3. No riding a cow while drunk
As per older regulations that are still on the books, it’s illegal in Scotland to “propel” a cow while boozed up. We’re going to just imagine that until these laws were enacted, drunken cow races were a constant criminal scourge.
4. Only the government can sell beer higher than 3.5 percent ABV
Want to pick up a six-pack in Sweden? You’ll need to head to Systembolaget. No, it’s not an IKEA end table, it’s a chain of government-run liquor stores and, outside of pubs, it’s the only place in Sweden where you can buy beer with an ABV of more than 3.5 percent.
7. If you’re driving, you need your own breathalyzer
In most places, owning a breathalyzer is a sign that you’re either a police officer, or someone who has previously been arrested by a police officer.
8. It’s against the law to import beer
Beer is a pretty big industry in Nigeria—the only African country with a larger beer market is South Africa.
Surprisingly, though, you can’t import beer in Nigeria. The law exists to protect local breweries from competition. On the one hand, we can see why that might make sense. On the other hand, some emails we got from a Nigerian prince lead us to believe the economy isn’t exactly booming.