Drinking in American（I）
Drinking in American（I）
Alcohol(含酒精的饮料) and the law
It is difficult to give a description of American laws
concerning alcohol because they vary from state to state and
city to city. The following, though, may be noted.
Some towns,even state are totally is sold at all except
that they allow the sale of very weak (3.2 percent alcohol)
beer,known as “three-two” beer. Some places do not allow the
sale of alcohol on Sundays, even in shops—you may find a bar
locked over the alcohol shelves. You can see it but not buy
it! Other places permit alcohol to be sold on Sunday
afternoons and evenings, but not on Sunday mornings. (Note
that this means sales have to stop at midnight on Saturday.)
In many parts of America, you are not allowed to drink
alcohol in a public place.That is, you may not sit in a parkor
walk along a street drinking beer,and you cannot even take a
nice bottle of wine on your picnic. In some places, people can
be seen taking drinks in public places from cans wrapped in
brown-paper bags. These are not cans of Coca-Cola. And in many
states you are not allowed to drink alcohol while driving, or
even have an opened alcohol container in the car.Some bars
have a license(执照) only for beer and wine. Others are also
allowed to sell spirits(烈性酒) and thus, as Americans say,
Many bars have a period known as “happy hour”, often
longer than an hour, when they sell drinks at lower-than-usual
prices. This is usually around 5 p.m. and may be only on
certain days of the week.
The Legal Drinking Age
Legal drinking age varies from place to place but is
generally between 18 to 21. Some places permit the
consumption(消费) of beer at 18 but spirits only at 21. Others
permit the consumption only of “three-two” beer from 18 to 21.
(Young people therefore often drive from one place to another
with more liberal drinking laws.) In any case, in some parts
of the USA young people are allowed to vote, marry, raose
children, keep full-time jobs, be tried in courts as adults,
join the army and even buy guns—but NOT have a glass of beer.
In some places people aged between 18 to 21 are allowed to go
into bars but not allowed to drink.
Another even more interesting aspect of American
drinking-age laws is that in some places people below legal
drinking age are not even allowed to sell alcohol.
Providing Proof of Your Age
In most places these drinking laws are fairly rigidly
enforced(严格地实施). You may, for example, find people lining up
to get into a bar and discover that the queue is caused by a
guard on the door who is asking everybody for ID(身份证). If you
ask him why he wants to know who you are, he will inform you
that he actually wants confirmation(确认) of how old you are. On
such occasions Americans often show their driving licenses,
which have their date of birth written on them.
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