Mississippi is a Dry State Although Very Slowly Changing


Mississippi is a dry state and was so long before National Prohibition began in 1920. And it was also the first state to ratify National Prohibition. Upon Repeal in 1933, it kept its own state-wide prohibition. Later, it “reaffirmed prohibition.” Thus Mississippi has a very long and strong temperance tradition. 

However, local governments do have local option. That is, they can vote to permit alcohol sales within their borders. Nevertheless, Mississippi is a dry state to this day.

mississippi is a dry state

Yet small changes have been made. For example, it was illegal to possess any alcoholic beverage in Mississippi except in a wet county. That included those simply traveling through the state without stopping. However, that changed in 2020 after the governor signed a law making such possession legal in dry counties.

Mississippi also has a government alcohol monopoly for the sale of wine over 14% alcohol and spirits. Spirits are rum, vodka, gin, bourbon, scotch, tequila, etc. The monopolies only exist in wet areas. They severely restrict both the selection of product and service. Of course, that’s the goal of neo-prohibitionists.

Resources: Mississippi is a Dry State

                   FUN FACTS

Surprisingly, it’s perfectly legal to drink and drive in Mississippi. However, the driver’s BAC must remain below the legal limit of 0.08%

In 2018, Mississippi tried unsuccessfully to sue companies that directly shipped alcohol to consumers within the state.

Web Pages

Mississippi Alcohol Laws.

Mississippi Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

Avoid a DUI in Mississippi (5 Things You Need to Know about DUI).

Dry Counties in the U.S. Today.

Wacky Alcohol Laws that Will Surprise You, Guaranteed.

Temperance Movement Today in the U.S: Neo-Prohibitionism.

For Fun Prohibition Trivia, This is the “Real McCoy”