It’s here that we should also acknowledge that New Orleans isn’t the only municipality in the country to allow some form of blue-sky boozing -- there are quite a few, in fact. But the NOLA solution might just be the best of all of them. We’ll get to why later. Before that, it seems like a good idea to just establish that drinking outdoors isn’t a menace to public safety.
You see, contrary to what many would seem sound logic, having go-cups and go-cup culture in NOLA appear to have done little to contribute to our levels of intoxication, compared to other cities. According to one prominent study (citing, among other things, statistics from sources like Experian Simmons and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), NOLA didn’t even crack the top 13, with Boston taking the booze-soaked cake. And hell, man, you can’t even buy beer in certain parts of New England on Sundays. Talk about some seriously counterintuitive stuff going on here. Of the places in the US that allow some kind of public drinking, only one of them (Las Vegas, literally Sin City) is on the list, at #14.