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Bartenders Left to Judge the Degree of Drunkenness

ST. LOUIS, MO - The recent drunken-driving death of St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock is raising questions about who is responsible when someone drinks too much.

But experts say Missouri's law is murky and difficult to enforce.  Bartenders and waiters are left to make judgement calls with life and death implications.

State law forbids serving alcohol to anyone who's intoxicated or appears to be.  But it offers no guidance on how to visibly distinguish intoxication.

Missouri is one of 33 states that doesn't require its bartenders and servers to undergo special training.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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