Dry County Law & Legal Definition


A dry county is a county where the government prevents the sale of alcoholic beverages. Prohibitions can be on off-premises sale, on-premises sale or both. Cities, towns and townships that prohibit the sale of alcoholic beverages are called dry towns, or townships.

Following the repeal of national prohibition in 1933, a large proportion of the population continued to support prohibition. Some states chose to maintain their own prohibition and others permitted local jurisdictions to decide whether or not to continue prohibition within their borders. For example, half of the counties in Mississippi are dry with their own prohibition against the production, advertising, sale, distribution, or transportation of alcoholic beverages within their boundaries. It is even illegal to bring alcohol through a dry county in Mississippi while traveling across the country.[Miss. Code Ann. § 67-3-13]