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Poll: Happy Hour to Dour Hour?

DOH officials reportedly may ban discounted drinks in bars and restaurants.

Last call, already? According to an article that ran in The New York Post on Sunday morning, happy hour in the city could end if Department of Health officials move forward with a proposal to ban beer and booze specials at bars and restaurants

"The ban is being pushed by the agency’s marathon-running boss, Commissioner Thomas Farley," wrote Gary Buiso in the article, "and is serious enough for one source to say the alcohol lobby had better find itself a good lawyer."

While the Agency officially denied that such a plan is in the works, multiple anonymous sources are quoted in the story saying that a ban would be in keeping with Farley's mission to “reduce risky alcohol use,” as outlined by his "Take Care of New York 2012 report. 

“DOH will advocate for policies that reduce access to alcohol by adolescents and for limits on sales practices in communities and campuses that promote drinking among adolescents and heavy drinking among adults,” the document reads.

Currently 19 states ban happy hours. But would such a sobering stance work in The Big Apple, where nightlife and hospitality are such a big part of the city? Tell us in the poll below.

Jenny April 29, 2012 at 05:45 PM
this seems absurd
Dudley Escobar April 30, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Bloomberg and DOH are denying any truth to this story. Which is good, but honestly, would anyone put it past them for it to be true?
Frank April 30, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Another example of the nanny state out of control. What next?
Michelle May 01, 2012 at 03:25 PM
ridiculous!
Dios Thunders July 21, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Ban on breathing is next chewing gum in public eating in public Laughing in public coming soon who knows what else! Bloombergs a NAZI
Dios Thunders July 21, 2012 at 03:52 PM
CUMO wont let this happen its REDICULOUS when there so much needed to be fixed in the city of NY that BLOOMBERG dystroyed and NY state
Gregg July 22, 2012 at 11:39 AM
They already banned eating/drinking on the subway, remember? That is "in public"....
Dios Thunders July 22, 2012 at 12:51 PM
thats right Greg I forgot no eating or drinking on subway though people still do it maybe next theyll ban cell phones and texting and reading news-papers or books and on certian days there will be colors you will not allow to wear or be fined like NO RED tuesdays no red clothing showing with the excepting of children under the age of 5 lease carry birth certificated and letter from hopsital and GYN or risk being arrested and fined also Blind people will be excused if they get a card proving there are blind To get the card a doctors letter and other information will be needed for application of card you can wear red ( or whatever the days color ban is)under clothing as long as it doesnt show so in winter keep those coats and jackets buttoned up each day will have a color code more details soon to be released from the mayor's office he is expected to make a speech that will be televised and a number can be called toll free each day about color ban warnings each day.These color bands will also apply 2 shopping bags tote bags luggage and reading materials Law will be put in effect Sept 2012 Warning signs will be posted thats how INSANE laws are becoming from BLOOMIE
Dios Thunders July 22, 2012 at 12:54 PM
thats how off the hook this guy is
Mrs. Davis July 22, 2012 at 04:19 PM
FYI - the ban on eating and drinking in the subway didn't pass. You can still do this legally.

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