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Illinois lawmakers legalized happy hour yesterday

I’m agnostic on the issue of happy hours.

It will be interesting to see how it works out. This from the Washington Post:

Happy hours in Illinois?
Members of the Illinois state Legislature left early Wednesday to celebrate the legislation they passed reinstating happy hours.

Yay! People in Illinois can now drink alcohol!

More accurately: Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) signed a bill Wednesday that allows people in his state to drink at cheaper prices during pre-set times that coincide with them getting off work (which, when you think about it, is a pretty great time to imbibe).

Until Wednesday, Illinois was one of 12 states banning happy hour. That’s right, it was banned — or, at least, offering drink specials for a specific number of hours was.

Why was it illegal in the first place?

In 1989, lawmakers concerned about drunken driving banned happy hour.

They were following the lead of DuPage County, which saw banning happy hour as the best solution to cut down on binge drinking and drunken driving.

The Chicago Tribune reports alcohol-related fatal crashes were 49.6 percent of all fatal crashes in the state in 1988, the year before the ban went into effect. In 2012, that number was at 41 percent.

The ban’s rules weren’t clear cut, though. While happy hour wasn’t allowed, happy days were OK. A bar could offer half-price bottles of wine on Tuesday, but those specials had to be all day. And you technically were not supposed to offer a drink special with a meal, though a lot of higher-end restaurants did anyways, Peter Frost of Crain’s Chicago Business reports. Frost also says house-infused spirits were illegal, but many mixologists ignored that, too.

The theory was that people wouldn’t binge-drink if the specials didn’t have a cut-off time.

Will people drink more in bars and less at home? How will it affect ridership on the CTA and Metra? Will it cause more problems or will it just mean people will be causing them in bars rather than their own neighborhoods? Will there be more drunk/impaired driving or have those laws been stiffened enough to cut down on that phenomenon this time around?

Or will it have little to no effect at all on public safety?

Stay tuned.

Source: Illinois lawmakers just legalized happy hour. But why was it banned in the first place? – The Washington Post

Happy hours in Illinois?
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Real-life wine labels

You can see all 26 labels at this link.

My two favorites below.

Label on the right: I have one friend who was drinking at karaoke. Drinking a lot. Big guy. Tough-looking. Imposing. Covered in tattoos. And after the rest of the people who were singing Britney or Mariah or Beyonce sat down, he got up and sang at the top of his lungs the most awful depressing Irish dirge you’ve ever heard.

Talk about bringing a room down.

As for the other label, I have a needy-when-drunk friend whom I keep telling: I go bed between 10 and 11 p.m. No matter how many times I say this, I inevitably will get something like this going from him:

  • 1:00 AM: Hey, are you up?
  • 1:30 AM: You awake?
  • 1:45 AM: I could use someone to talk to.
  • 1:47 AM: This is bullshit.
  • 1:50 AM: I’m so fucking tired of being there for other people and them not being there for me.
  • 1:55 AM: Fuck you, asshole.
  • 2:00 AM: You awake?

He’s harmless. And a really great guy.


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