Maybe we should try alcohol control

Just read an article about alcohol related violence in Scotland. According to the article, this is a large and growing problem there.

Predictably, there are calls to reduce availability of alcohol (in this case, by increasing the price–presumably by means of a tax). This is what one Scottish doctor had to say about it:

“And study after study has shown the link between the cost and availability of alcohol and excessive alcohol consumption.

“It is no coincidence that the price of alcohol has reduced significantly in recent years and that alcohol-related assaults are now at an alarming level.”

As with “gun control,” it’s the knee-jerk reaction of the nanny state advocates–when some people abuse something, try to make it less available to everyone. Such strategies never work, but that doesn’t stop people from advocating them.

It seems to me that strict control of alcohol was once tried here in the U.S.–wasn’t that a smashing success?


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