Leisure: Last Call for Happy Hour

Last Call for Happy Hour

"Come in a car, leave in a coma." So read a Nebraska bar's ad for its happy hour, that afterwork party time when saloons sell spirits at a discount. But with concern growing that happy hours may lead to driving deaths, an increasing number of states are barring barroom discounts.

Ten states already have happy-hour laws on the books, and one law, a Massachusetts regulation that bans discount incentives at any hour, has become a model for other states. Altogether, about half the states are considering taking some kind of action or toughening up existing laws.

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