Monday, December 21, 2009

Will Israel Emulate the American Failure?

Perhaps.  A recent government proposal in Israel, if passed, would restrict alcohol to a greater extent than it is now.  The bill would ban off-premise alcohol sales after 11 pm, furnishing alcohol to minors, and most notably would (possibly) raise the drinking age from 18 to 21.   Other restrictions may include raising the prices for spirits, banning alcohol advertising, and requiring special licenses to sell alcohol.

Allegedly, there has been an "epidemic" of teen drinking and drunkenness in just the past few years over there.  But it is unlikely that raising the drinking age to 21 would help.  Hell, they don't even enforce the current drinking age of 18!  Perhaps if they did so, along with several of the other reforms that have been proposed, the "epidemic" drinking could be reduced, or at least contained.  Attempting to emulate America's greatest alcohol policy failure since Prohibition would likely just throw gasoline on the fire.

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