The other night I had random thoughts comparing drinking and driving (not a combination of the two)
The various states have laws enacted to attempt to make people safer drivers (and to collect fees of course, probably the main motivation). Teens can’t drive until a certain age, and before that they must take a drivers course, must pass the drivers test, and a hands on driving test. They must get their license renewed at certain intervals, and there are restrictions that can be added (vision, etc)
If people don’t want the privilege of driving, they can avoid all that, the fees, etc. It’s a personal choice.
What if you applied some of these to drinking? If it was a privilege, a person needed to get a license to drink, and it had to be renewed every few years (and problems like drunk driving would be noticed). This would work for drinking at bars and you’d have to have the license to buy alcohol. (one bad aspect is I know it’d be hard to keep people from buying it and sharing with others)
I realize I’m glossing things over a bit, in fact, a LOT. There are probably lots of bad sides to this. I don’t even know if it’d be a good idea at all.
But it’d be interesting to talk about. I have no other specifications or details. It was just a random thought. I suspect it’d be a legal mess in reality.
Any thoughts on “having a license to drink”?