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technically you can drink while at anchor in MD, but you better not be impaired and the only one on the boat, intention or not. If you are the only one on the boat, no drinking.
Now reality sets in, and you, for example touch the wheel or tiller, and someone hits your boat...you can be sued for impaired operation...see the renown case in CA a year or two back..Cost to defend your few drinks could be hundreds of thousands.
LEO in Md will allow for a designated skipper, but he/she better be stone sober, not mouthy, aware and in control of ALL parties on the boat, else you will be cited.
YMMV, I am not an attorney.