Essay about Needed: A License to Drink

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Needed: A License to Drink

Mike Brake is a writer for the communication department at the Oklahoma State Department of Education he wrote an article, “Needed: A License to Drink,” proposing a national system of licensing on drinking, with appropriate penalties. This means in order to drink one beer a person would have to obtain a license. The article is from Newsweek (March 14, 1994).

Underage drinking is everywhere; high school, parties, and at college. How do they get the alcohol? The answer is simple get into the right crowd and alcohol will be as easy to get as juice. There is always going to be someone to buy for underage drinking no matter what the situation. Being twenty-one just means you do not have to hide drinking
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Doctors would also be required to report people who show signs of alcoholism pointing them towards treatment.

Problems with Brake’s Proposition

This in fact does sound like a good idea but would issuing a license to drink really crack down on the alcoholics? A person who is dependent on alcohol can and will get the beer they desire, a license or not would not matter. Just like underage drinkers find ways to get alcohol, alcoholics will find a way also. They can find a friend that will buy for them; they can pay extra to get the desired alcohol, or they can stoop real low and steal it. Getting a license just to have a few beers with buddies does not seem logical if the person drinks responsibility. Going through a written test, studying a manual and knowing how many beers a 150 pound person can drink without being intoxicated is a little too far. Most responsible drinkers would not be happy about taking a test just to buy beer for their cookout. Most of the alcoholics would not even bother getting a license so the check would only be to the 90% of the population who does not have a problem.

In 1920 prohibition was put into law nationwide. Prohibition is the legal prevention of the manufacture, sale, or transportation of alcoholic beverages with the aim of obtaining partial or total abstinence through legal means. The Eighteenth amendment was ratified on January 29, 1919 making the purchase, sale, or consumption of alcoholic beverages illegal.

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