After reading a scaremongering thread about Turkey's latest alcohol restrictions, it got me thinking - maybe it's time that we stop trying soft tactics on getting people(especially younger people) to drink less alcohol, and implement the sort of measures that the Drinks industry will squeal at. It's an open secret that most Irish teenagers drink - in my case, I can only name two other people in my year of 50+ students that never drank alcohol. And that was the case since 3rd year.
Yes, it may be true that many people can drink responsibly - but the reality is, many don't, and at any rate, teenagers shouldn't be drinking in the first place. We've had classes where the dangers of alcohol were discussed - all I can say is, they don't work. As long as there is easy enough access to drink, many people in my generation aren't going to listen. It is also true that alcohol consumption has decreased - but it's still unforgivably high, and costs the taxpayer hundreds of million every year, if not billions.
The reality is, if we are to significantly decrease the amount of excessive drinking in this country, we should consider some draconian options - if it means banning Shops or off-licenses from selling drink, if it means minimum pricing of alcohol, should these options, and more, not be considered, for the sake of society as a whole?