Is it against the law to drink in public?
June 16, 2006 12:29 PM Subscribe
Is there any law against drinking (alcohol) in public? Or is it being inebriated in public? Or neither?
posted by D Wiz to law & government (38 answers total)
I've been told by friends that it is illegal to drink in public. I have seen people drinking on subways and all over the streets of new york. I have never seen anyone get in trouble over it. Is it against the law? Is it only if I get drunk that I can get in trouble or is even one beer "too much"? Many mini-markets will sell you the beer in a paper bag so that a passerby would not realize it was a beer (although the fact that anyone is drinking from a paper bag makes it suspicious). Does this help at all? Does it matter if it is in a bag or not?
(Also, is there a place online where I can check what the laws of the state I am in are? Preferably a site that is written in a language that the average man understands (ie. no legalese).)
Please note: I am over the legal drinking age and am currently in NY but I would like to know if the laws vary by state also. I spend time in a couple of other states (CA, NJ, PA etc.) so i don't just want to know about NY.