Category: Legal

Mail Alcohol through the USPS? The Postal Service Needs to Modernize.

Why can’t sellers mail alcohol to their customers through the U.S. Postal Service (USPS)? I. Why Not Mail Alcohol? It isn’t possible to mail alcohol. The USPS cannot deliver alcohol through the mail. But FedEx, UPS, and other private carriers will deliver beer, wine, and spirits. This inconveniences customers. It also harms the USPS. The restriction …

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Effectiveness of Keg Registration: Learn about Keg Registration

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The effectiveness of keg registration (or keg tagging) in reducing underage drinking problems is unclear. That’s because virtually no research on the subject is done. Even publications that suggest findings often don’t. An example is “Measuring public policy. The case of beer keg registration laws.”1 We need to know the specific effectiveness of keg registration laws. …

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The National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984 (Don’t be Fooled!)

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The Maryland Underage Drinking Prevention Coalition summarizes the National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984. It does so as follows. “The legal age for alcohol in the USA is 21 years old. The National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984 required all states to raise their minimum purchase and public possession of alcohol age to …

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Dry County Alcohol-Related Traffic Crashes are Always Higher

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A recovering alcoholic explains why dry county alcohol-related crash rates are higher than in wet counties.   Dear Dr. Hanson: Just a note. Thank you for writing the article noting the effect of dry counties on alcohol-related traffic accidents. (Dry Counties Have Higher DWI Fatality Rates.) As a long-term recovered alcoholic living in an Arkansas …

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Tell and Lose License? What About Doctor Confidentiality?

A Pennsylvania man was being treated for irregular heartbeat. He described his drinking behaviors, presumably in confidence, to doctors treating him. As a result he lost his driver’s license. The toxicology report from the hospital showed he had no alcohol in his system. So, tell and lose license! PennDOT The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) …

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Perils of Drinking in America (A Warning to Europeans!)

In “The perils of drinking in America,” reporter Simon Calder of the Belfast Telegraph alerts readers traveling to the U.S. what to expect. He explains that the U.S. has created a tangle of confusing laws designed to deter drinking, especially among young people. For example, 48-year-old Rachel Ally was required to prove she was 21 …

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Hosting Office Parties: Helpful Tips for Safety and Success

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Hosting office parties can be a mine field of potential problems. These can be social, professional, or legal. Therefoere, it’s wise to plan office parties very carefully. Here are few tips to help avoid problems and have a successful office party. Tips Be very clear. Be clear about the workplace substance abuse policy. It should address …

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Surprising Alcohol Drinking Exception for Adults: You Won’t Believe It!


What’s the surprising drinking exception for adults? A federal law commonly known as the Buckley Amendment protects the privacy rights of college students age 18 through 20. Without a student’s permission, it is illegal even for parents to obtain copies of academic grades. The same is true for attendance records, medical records, or other educational …

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Alcoholic Beverage Consumption in the U.S.: Patterns and Trends

Alcoholic beverage consumption in the U.S. has declined over time. For example, the per capita consumption of alcohol by Americans age 14 and older has been declining. In fact, it dropped greatly over a recent 33 year period.1 Race and Ethnicity Alcoholic beverage consumption also varies by race and ethnicity. There are four major such …

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Weird Alcohol Laws Across the Entire US (Weird Drinking Laws)

Weird alcohol laws exist across the US. They often reflect the effects of our long and powerful the temperance movement. Many are also result from conflicting economic interests. For example, reducing competition. As a result, states and other jurisdictions in the US often have conflicting laws.  For example, some require that the interior of public …

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