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Map: Where In the US Can You Not Buy Booze?


Many counties across the country still don't permit alcohol to be sold, though restrictions are quickly loosening.

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As more US states and cities soften their marijuana laws, you might be surprised to learn that even buying alcohol isn’t legal everywhere. At the moment, 10 states across the country allow for dry counties, according to the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association, and another 15 states are “partially dry,” with some restrictions on alcohol sales.

States began allowing municipalities to ban alcohol sales after the repeal of Prohibition in 1933, but some didn’t go dry until the ’60s, or even the ’80s. Most states are expected to go entirely wet in the not-too-distant future. The last dry town in Maryland, Damascus, started allowing booze to be sold in 2012, and in Kansas, more than 12 counties have gone wet in the past decade. This map, created by The Washington Post, shows which counties across the country are currently dry or partially dry—so keep ‘em in mind when planning your cross-country bar crawl.

The blue counties are wet, the red counties are entirely dry, and the yellow counties are either partially dry or have municipalities within them that are alcohol-free:

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