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Nebraska Eyes 'Power Hour,' Excessive Drinking Ban

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LINCOLN, Neb.) -- Nebraska lawmakers are aiming to kill the buzz for excessive drinkers across the state.

Legislators are considering a bill that would ban so-called power-hour drinking on 21st birthdays. At the same time, the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission has proposed a ban on high-risk drinking games and promotions.

LB294 in the Nebraska Legislature, introduced by Sen. Russ Karpisek, would prohibit alcohol sales immediately after midnight to people on their 21st birthday. The other measure being considered would ban games and promotions such as beer pong and “bladder busters” that encourage intoxication in bars.
The target of both measures is binge drinking, which the United Health Foundation defines as five drinks for a male and four for a female in one sitting. According to the nonprofit agency, the Cornhusker state has the sixth-worst drinking record in the country, with 18.5 percent of the state population age 18 and older regularly binge drinking. The national average is 15.7 percent.

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