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Why don't they illegalize alcohol?..There is really no logic legit reason for alcohol to be legal..?

Discussion in 'Alcohol' started by hurrywithpants, Jun 29, 2015.

  1. Alcohol is a depressant that is unfortunately somehow accepted in the society and it's legal purpose is only for people's convenience to feel good..But think about this: If there was no legal alcohol,then there would be much less car accidents and the crime rate would drop down much lower as well as the suicide rate..Every day there are thousands and thousands of outrageous **** happening due to alcohol and it wouldn't be happening if alcohol was illegal..I don't think alcohol is really worth it..That's my opinion.
  2. thepieeatingjay

    thepieeatingjay Senior Contributor

    Alcohol was made illegal back in the 1920's. That period of time is known as Prohibition. It didn't work then. Everyone was bootlegging and selling it illegally and there was a dramatic increase in crime related to the manufacture and sale of alcohol. If it were made illegal today, it would simply increase the amount of illegal drug activity in this country. People would start their own alcohol stills and sell it at much higher prices. People who are addicted would commit other crimes to be able to afford it. It's no different than any other drug. I personally think if "street drugs" like marijuana were legalized then we would have much less criminal activity. No matter what the law says, people who want it are going to get it and if it's illegal then the only people who will have control of it are criminals. It doesn't sound like a workable plan to me.
  3. tarverten

    tarverten Senior Contributor

    I'm not sure if there would be less crime. Look at prohibition. Organized crime exploded and seemed to take over cities. Like Napolean said , the three most important weapons in winning any war are money, money and money. Well financed organizations, like organized crime financed by illegal drugs, are difficult to stamp out.
    People also become resentful when the govornment treats them like children, telling them what they can and cannot do, making criminals more of heros, making doing something illegal more attractive. I've heard an unsubstantiated claim that more booze(per person) was consumed during the prohibition years than during times when it was legal.
    These issues are complicated. There's good and bad on both sides. Suicides and substance abuse are psychological. Drug abuse can also be seen as a symptom of other problems, like depression, isolaton, loneliness, personality disorders and so on. Everyone needs to feel good sometimes. Drugs(and alcohol) are more attractive to someone who doesn't know how to feel good and is looking for something. And as long as these societal problems are there, demand for drugs, legal or illegal will remain. And drugs will continue to be provided by someone. But then there's also the argument that if easy ways to feel good weren't available people would find something else. Drugs being illegal makes them more risky and difficult to get. But then so many things can become a vice, like sex, gambling(even on the stock market), buying stuff, driving fast and so on. There's a limit to taking things away from people to try to control their behavior. There's such a thing as too much availability and too much restriction.
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  4. blastguardgear

    blastguardgear Senior Contributor

    I agree that there are many problems created by alcohol. However, there were also problems when they enacted the prohibition. There was a huge black market for alcohol, which created not only potentially dangerous, illegally-made alcohol, but violence and bootlegging as well.

    I think some laws dealing with alcohol could be both stricter and better-enforced, however, it has already been proven once that outlawing it is not going to be the end-all for alcohol-related problems.
  5. shadowsupernature

    shadowsupernature Senior Contributor

    Well, to be fair, when it WAS illegal (prohibition era) crime was through the roof in this country over it. People even made illegal clubs just so they can enjoy it (speakeasy). Yes, it being legal caused MANY problems in it's own. But at least it wasn't outright gunfire in the streets over it like it was in the 1920's when it was illegal.

    Plus, a bigger, more sinister reason it was made legal in the first place was that the government found a way to tax it. Same way with weed right now. That's slowly being legalized because they are finding ways to profit off it.
  6. Totalarmordestine

    Totalarmordestine Senior Contributor

    In a way you're right alcohol does impair people's senses causing car crashes and crime and their was no alcohol the crimes would go down a little...but unfortunatly even if it was ilegalized people would just start smuggling it in but you make a good point
  7. zaerine

    zaerine Community Champion

    Right, I am actually irritated seeing alcohol commercials where they seem to have just parties and all happy stuff. Why not include the real happenings on those drinking sessions/parties where they become wild. violent and loud insensitive (definitely that will not be good for their alcohol product of course). Include those accidents and crimes by drunk people as well.
  8. CrowdedHighways

    CrowdedHighways Active Contributor

    I would say that it's because of the bad experiences with trying to do that in the past (i.e., Prohibition) and because many of the people responsible for making that decision probably consume alcohol somewhat regularly, as well, so it would not be in their interests to make it illegal.
  9. Crowl

    Crowl Member

    I think I chose something too cute as an avatar to come here and talk about alcohol.
    Anyway, my opinion about the whole issue is that there is a big industry behind alcohol, and to boot that a lot of people are used to seeing and drinking alcohol, so that if it gets banned, they will only protest just because they don't see and drink it anymore. Of course, abuse is bad. And it's because of abuse that all those horrible things happen that the OP describes. In the end, I think it's abuse should be prohibited, and somehow prosecuted.
  10. pwarbi

    pwarbi Community Champion

    Banning something or making something illegal won't stop people from taking it. Sometimes it can have the opposite effect and make people want it even more.

    The main reason they won't make it illegal is mainly down to money. If they made it illegal then obviously shops wouldn't be able to sell it, so the government would lose out on millions every year through tax.
  11. henry

    henry Community Champion

    If they do that, people will still find a way to get it, just like drugs. As someone already said, it would be a lot more dangerous dealing with people selling illegal stuff because you'd be dealing with criminals, just like it is with drugs. I also agree that making it illegal would make more people drink. People just love to do what they're told not to.
  12. For one, alcohol is a big industry. That industry will pay millions of dollars to keep politicians from banning it. I mean, it's been suggested Big Alcohol is actually a key factor in why marijuana is illegal.

    In moderation and taken responsibly, alcohol is fine. The problem is the reckless behavior certain people engage in. You aren't gonna stop this recklessness by banning booze. I mean, drunk driving is already illegal and people still do it. The problem is, you're going to make it so all people who drink inherently are reckless (since they are breaking the law) which could in turn make it so drunk driving becomes more of a problem in certain areas. I mean, legal bars will cut you off if you're too drunk for legal reasons. Ban alcohol and the illegal bars probably won't care about this.
  13. Rainman

    Rainman Community Champion

    There was an attempt to make alcohol illegal which turned out to be a colossal failure [ the prohibition, that is]. Researchers prove that prohibition instead of fixing the issues it was supposed to created a new set of problems which were much worse.

    Prohibition was a massively failed attempt at legislating morality. The government’s role is to protect citizens and their property — not legislate what people are allowed to do for recreation . . .
  14. rightct

    rightct Community Champion

    Just like everyone pointed out well above, alcohol is legal due to many other potential bad outcomes, not because they are feelingless toward humanity. I would just imagine the riots in street if they were to make alcohol illegal... urgh. Just let them do what they want and see the consequences for themselves is all you can do. If it doesn't affect your life, it's even better.
  15. JoshPosh

    JoshPosh Community Champion

    Alcohol is a major income because of the sales tax. So it's not going away anytime soon. If it did get banned or illegal to consume, then we will see illegal activities in its back alley production. I sounds like a quick fix to just ban the usage and production but many problems arise by doing that, as everyone else here has already stated before I did.