Ban on liquor consumption

Sujit De
Kolkata, India

Generally, three arguments have been raised against any liquor prohibition move. First, people are to be blamed for social evils not the commodity. Second, imposing ban on liquor consumption is against liberty and third, government loses a good sum of tax revenue. However, these arguments do not hold water. First, ‘culprits-people-not-commodities’ theory can help a drug mafia to get away with this logic.
The ‘liberty’ argument cannot stand either as liquor makes its addicts forget that someone’s tip of the nose is the limitation of their freedom. Without this fundamental knowledge, liberty is lost in a jungle raj where it is restricted only for the fittest brutes. Finally, govt expenditure to deal with alcohol-infused crimes, accidents and health issues far outweighs excise duties on liquor.

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