American movie industry has been usually inspired by the well-known US Prohibition of the early 20th century. The black market controlled by mobsters like Al Capone has been referred as the starting point of many Hollywood movies. Stories of organised crime, smuggling and underground businesses have generated ideas about this time in history and some of the negative consequences of this prohibition.
Although it's been almost 100 years since this law was repealed, there are still multiple alcohol-related bans around the world. That is why the web The Drinks Business has prepared the list of the seven most bizarre and rare laws in the world against alcohol.
1. Riding after drinking (Colorado, USA):
In the state of Colorado, horses are considered as a means of transport. That is why those who are riding under the influence of alcohol are fined in the same manner as if it was driving a vehicle.
2. Do not sell cold beer (Oklahoma, USA):
The state of Oklahoma it’s prohibited from selling beer with more than 4% ABV cold. So if you're planning a party, you'd better have them in your refrigerator a few days in advance.
3. Prohibition of human figures on the labels of alcoholic beverages (Alabama, USA):
If you are a graphic designer in Alabama and work with a distillery, you must remember that labels showing "people posing sensual or immoral way" are not allowed. It is a ban imposed by the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.
4. Shots and cocktails prohibited after midnight (Australia):
If you go out to party in Australia, you'd better ask the cocktails and shots before midnight, because in the land of the "Aussies" is forbidden to sell alcohol after the clock hits 12 midnight.
5. Death penalty for drunk driving (El Salvador):
This Central American country is very severe with those who get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol: the death penalty applies to those who violate this law.
6. Supermarkets cannot sell alcoholic beverages after 7 pm (Sweden):
In this Scandinavian country, supermarkets are prohibited from selling alcoholic beverages after 7 pm. So if you want to drink something at home after work, you'd better go to buy early.
7. Drunk driving convictions are to be served family (Malaysia):
Should a whole family be convicted for some relative felony? It is very likely for this to happen in Malaysia when one member of the family is incarcerated for driving after consuming alcohol.
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