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Old 02-05-2014, 07:46 PM
 
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Anyone live in a dry county? In Mississippi, does this mean that it is illegal to possess, purchase, and drink alcohol?
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Old 02-05-2014, 09:50 PM
 
Location: Mississippi
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Yes, you are correct. Although some allow you to order by the glass at restaurants and buy beer and they don't allow liquor or liquor stores. So it really depends on where you are talking about. Where I live you can now get beer or wine, but no liquor. I'm not sure if you can get in trouble for possessing liquor , for example if you were bringing it home from purchasing it in another county.
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Old 02-06-2014, 06:29 AM
 
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These laws vary from dry county to dry county, best I remember about 30 of the 82 counties have some type of "dryness."  Although within these counties, there may be "wet" municipalities.

No matter what you saw in "Smokey and the Bandit" there aren’t going to be roadblocks at the county line with the local constabulary searching your car for beer and/or liquor. You likely will not spend much time in these dry counties, unless you have a connection there (i.e., family).

Many of these laws are ignored by both the public and law enforcement.
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Old 02-06-2014, 08:16 AM
 
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I don't understand why any county, especially a conservative/Republican county would be dry. Since conservatives/Republicans are all about keeping the govt out of our lives, yet they are ok with the govt telling it's adult citizens they cannot drink an ice cold beer on a Sunday afternoon while watching the football game. How intrusive is that, telling grown men and women what they cannot put in their body? Sounds to me like there are too many moneyed/influential people in those dry county's who are more concerned with what their neighbor is doing than what's going on in their own life.

I don't drink alcohol and I don't live in a dry county, but if I did, I think I would leave that county at the first opportunity. I hope I never become the type of person that I would tell another adult person they can't drink a beer or else they'll be arrested and possibly thrown in jail, based on legal and moral grounds. I'm thankful my parents and grandparents were not like that.

Just what are these people who live in these dry county's thinking when they support the county being dry? Do they think they are accomplishing anything? They kinda ruin it for everybody else.

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Old 02-06-2014, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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Mississippi's "wet" counties tend to be along the Mississippi River and Gulf Coast, and those containing its largest towns.

Mississippi Department of Revenue - Alcoholic Beverage Control Wet/Dry Map
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Old 02-06-2014, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Mississippi
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I don't understand why any county, especially a conservative/Republican county would be dry. Since conservatives/Republicans are all about keeping the govt out of our lives, yet they are ok with the govt telling it's adult citizens they cannot drink an ice cold beer on a Sunday afternoon while watching the football game. How intrusive is that, telling grown men and women what they cannot put in their body? Sounds to me like there are too many moneyed/influential people in those dry county's who are more concerned with what their neighbor is doing than what's going on in their own life.

I don't drink alcohol and I don't live in a dry county, but if I did, I think I would leave that county at the first opportunity. I hope I never become the type of person that I would tell another adult person they can't drink a beer or else they'll be arrested and possibly thrown in jail, based on legal and moral grounds. I'm thankful my parents and grandparents were not like that.

Just what are these people who live in these dry county's thinking when they support the county being dry? Do they think they are accomplishing anything? They kinda ruin it for everybody else.

Well, in these conservative Republican counties you have a lot of conservative Christians who believe in the evils of alcohol and the bad behavior it brings.
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Old 02-06-2014, 11:33 AM
 
Location: MS
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Well, in these conservative Republican counties you have a lot of conservative Christians who believe in the evils of alcohol and the bad behavior it brings.
I went to college in Arkansas in a dry county and it was exactly this way. Although, the local bootleggers were well known, you could buy at one of 2 wet townships not that far from the city limits or you could do like I did - bring in the booze from your hometown. My parents lived 25 miles away and I would stock up on weekends and bring it back. There was a limit of a case of beer and one fifth of hard liquor that could be brought in. That didn't stop me from putting a keg in the front seat of my Honda CRX and putting a football jersey and hat on it. I had friends later ask me who was riding with me.
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Old 02-06-2014, 07:45 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Well, in these conservative Republican counties you have a lot of conservative Christians who believe in the evils of alcohol and the bad behavior it brings.
Because that stops people from drinking..
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Old 02-06-2014, 08:34 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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Because that stops people from drinking..
LOL. Dry areas cause more problems than non-dry areas. People have to drive to purchase alcohol, and are more likely to drink and drive.

Missouri has very lax alcohol laws, but I was simply curious about how dry counties work.
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Old 02-06-2014, 08:42 PM
 
Location: Mississippi
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Because that stops people from drinking..
Lol. Of course not.
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