Majority support public drinking - 227 participants

Nov 19, 2016

Cities such as New Orleans and Memphis have long tried to boost tourism and the entertainment economy by allowing legal outdoor drinking. More recently, the town of Canton, Ohio set aside 42 blocks of its downtown as an “outdoor refreshment area”, allowing people to carry and consume alcoholic beverages in the streets. Read more about this issue. On November 19, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Would you support allowing drinking alcohol in public in your town?

“Would you support allowing drinking alcohol in public in your town?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Public Drinking New Hampshire Citizen Voices Chart


A total of 92% of those participating gave a 'yes or no' response to the question. The remaining 8% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a yes or no response. In total, this question received 408 responses from 227 individuals. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said:

Yes: A majority, at 67% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, supported allowing drinking alcohol in public.

  • “Who is harmed? What damage do I do by choosing whether my drink contains sugar, or alcohol or just water?”
  • “It's normal in most of Europe and Latin America. I say it's past time when we purge America of all these laws that are holdovers from its puritan roots.”
  • “As long as drunk and disorderly laws are enforced to make sure it’s not out of control, I don’t see a problem.”

No: A minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 33%, did not support allowing drinking alcohol in public.

  • “I think the police have enough to deal without more public brawls and litter.”
  • “No. We still have people who drive drunk—and this will set a bad example to the kids.”
  • “No matter where alcohol is consumed, the risk of violence increases. Alcohol is the number 1 killer of all drugs combined. So no—it should not allowed in public.”

Other: As noted above, 8% of those participating did not give a yes or no response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:

  • Mitigating factors: “Depends on how [well] people can drink responsibly.”
  • Marijuana legalization: “If casinos will hurt the reputation of NH, what will weed do?”
  • Sharing personal experiences: “It's fun in Las Vegas.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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