A Tale Of Two Alcohol Laws: New Orleans and Oklahoma City

[Originally published by Forbes]


Oklahoma City, OK–When planning my cross-country trip last year, I knew that my successive months in New Orleans and Oklahoma City would be wildly different. New Orleans, as one friend noted, is a “sorority city” full of drinkers and partiers. Oklahoma City is the capital of one of America’s most conservative states, with a culture rooted in work, family and religion. And these differences are embodied in both states’ alcohol laws. Louisiana–particularly New Orleans–has some of America’s loosest laws, and Oklahoma some of the strictest. But a closer look shows that regulations in the latter aren’t tied as much to cultural values, as to protectionism…[read the rest at Forbes]