Bostonians love their booze. Does that really surprise anyone? In a recent study, the city placed highest in terms of drinking statistics, reports the Daily Beast.
Statistically it is a perfect storm of alcohol-consumption numbers:
- Population over age 21: 4,750,296
- Avg. monthly drinks consumed per person: 15.5
- Percent of population that are heavy drinkers: 7.4%
- Percent of population that are binge drinkers: 20.1%
Of course, alcohol consumption is all about tolerance, and it seems that Bostonians can handle a lot more than anyone in the rest of the country.
Still, higher drinking statistics lead to more drunk drivers on the street. And while that is bad news for everyone, it is also bad news for the restaurants and bars that are serving the alcohol.
If one of the patrons they served ends up in an accident -- and say kills someone -- the establishment could be liable for damages under a dram shop law. These laws allow victims of drunk driving accidents (or their families) to hold bars and alcohol retailers accountable for the death, injury or other damages caused by an intoxicated customer.
While Mass. has some general laws related to negligent serving of alcohol, the Mass. dram shop law is not codified. The main case that established dram shop liability in Mass. is Cimino v. The Milford Keg (1981), in which there were just way too many White Russians drank and a pedestrian got killed.
Given that Mass. dram shop is based in case law, in the event that you think you have a dram shop type of action, you will be in even more need of an attorney.