Ten odd drinking by-laws from around the world
by Rupert Millar
The world is full of odd, antiquated laws which, although rarely if ever enforced, have remained on the statute books.

There are quite a few in the UK such as MPs not being allowed to wear armour in parliament and until 2012 (when it was scrapped along with 800 other outdated laws) there was a complex loophole which allowed one to shoot a Scotsman in York provided they were carrying a bow and arrow.

In Paris meanwhile there is (or was) a law which said it was illegal for a woman to wear trousers.

Given alcohol’s propensity to make people act in odd, irresponsible and sometimes dangerous ways when taken too liberally, it should be no surprise that there are quite a few laws in place around the world to counteract some of this behaviour.

Quite a few laws connected with alcohol are of course deadly serious – drink driving laws for example and given the level of drink-driving related deaths in France, the fact one is legally obliged to have a breathalyser kit in one’s car is perhaps understandable and also fairly unusual for those who aren’t French – but it’s not exactly…odd enough.

And as you can no doubt imagine there are some pretty strange drinking laws out there – mostly in the US – but there are also quite a few urban myths concerning drinking out there as well.

Here are a few of the world’s odd and amusing drinking by-laws and a few myths. Let us know in the comments of any more we may have missed.

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