|Should bars, restuarants and entertainment venues be held responsible for their patrons behavior?
There is no denying the
fact that, Alcohol use is in excess in our culture. Alcohol has
been legally promoted to the point where most people rely on
alcoholic beverages in order to have a good time. This is to our
cultural shame. Although most people will refute this claim; Rare
is the occasion where alcohol is not present. Few and far between
are the restuarants and entertainment facilities that do not
provide and promote the drinking of alcoholic beverages, and are
willing to allow patrons to drink till they are drunk. Despite
numourous ads promoting 'designated drivers', all to often the
driver is intoxicated, and is a potential danger to himself, his
passengers and other traffic and pedestrians.
View any advertisement
for alcohol and you will see that they promote drinking as the
means to a 'good time'. And the ad companies have done a very
good job, especially towards the youth. Teenage drinking is on
the increase. Alcoholism is on the increase.
Alcohol dependency and
alcohol misuse can ruin families, careers, marriages and lives.
It is time to rethink our own values concerning the drinking of
alcohol, the promotion of alcohol, and the availability of
alcoholic beverages. I am not advocating prohibition; only
responsibility, and asking the question,"What influence does
my drinking habit have on my family, my friends and my
What's Your Response?