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Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Power Hour

Posted by: Hammer / 8:10 AM

Ba Ha Ha is also reading this morning: According to the Minnesota Daily (once known as the best copy edited newspaper in the world):
The traditional power hour most new 21-year-olds celebrate could soon come to an end.

A new bill introduced in the Minnesota House last week would prohibit 21-year-olds from drinking at midnight on their birthdays. Individuals would have to wait until 8 a.m. instead.

The chief author of the bill, Rep. Morrie Lanning, R-Moorhead, said the purpose is to prevent deaths because of excessive drinking of alcohol by young adults. ...

In his hometown of Moorhead, Minn., a community with four higher education institutions, Lanning said, two incidents have happened because of "power-hour celebrations."

One male student died, and another nearly died because of power hours, he said.

First, I don't think that most people go out to the bar at midnight on their birthday to drink as much as they can for an hour. I think the writer is making an assumption about her acquaintances.

That aside, on to the merits. Here's an idea: why not make it a law that a bar cannot serve someone 21 drinks in a hour? If someone is clearly intoxicated, maybe it could be illegal to serve him more booze? Oh! That's right, that's been the law since 1858. Minnesota Statute 340A.502.

But I suppose we could just make an illegal practice even more illegal. That usually helps.

5 Comments:

I went to the bar at 12 am on my birthday and proceeded to get blotto for 2 hours. If you say you didn't you are either lying or jealous.

By Anonymous Ba Ha Ha, at 6:33 PM  

That's 2 power hours. I'll defend your right to drink at midnight on your birthday. I'll defend your right to get drunk at a bar. But if the bar serves you 21 drinks in an hour, that's grossly negligent.

By Blogger Hammer, at 7:39 AM  

Having once been issued a license to serve alcohol, let me just say there is no limit to the number of drinks that can be served in an hour to one person. As I remember the training, it is up to the discrestion of the bartender to decide if another drink should be served to a patron. Maybe the kid could hold his liquor?

By Anonymous Ba Ha Ha, at 5:54 PM  

Having once been issued a license to serve alcohol, let me just say there is no limit to the number of drinks that can be served in an hour to one person. As I remember the training, it is up to the discrestion of the bartender to decide if another drink should be served to a patron. Maybe the kid could hold his liquor?

By Anonymous Ba Ha Ha, at 5:54 PM  

Here's the law:
"No person may sell, give, furnish, or in any way procure for another alcoholic beverages for the use of an obviously intoxicated person."
I suppose there are people who could drink 21 beers in 60 minutes and not be obviously intoxicated. Andre the Giant. Anyone drinking Bud Light. But there is a law.

By Blogger Hammer, at 8:33 AM  

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