10 odd drinking by-laws from around the world

It is illegal to be drunk in a pub (UK)

The 1872 Licensing Act effectively states that it is illegal to be drunk in the pub by making being drunk anywhere an offence.

It states: “Every person found drunk in any highway or other public place, whether a building or not, or on any licensed premises, shall be liable to a penalty.”

Given that the principal purpose of a pub is a place to drink in this seems a strange idea, but it was brought in to encourage lower levels of drinking – the theory being that rolling out of the pub completely blotto and being found anywhere would lead to a spell in the cells and encourage people to be more moderate.

Quite how widely it was enforced is hard to say and while it wouldn’t exactly be enforced today, should someone become intoxicated in any venue and then refuse to leave quietly they can of course be arrested for being drunk and disorderly.

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