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    Banning alcohol: is it really a solution?

    Nowadays, alcohol is being banned in many states. Also, recently all the liquor outlets within 500 metres of state and national highways have been closed. This is done to minimize the accidents caused by drunk driving but I don't understand how this can be helpful. If someone wants to drink, no matter there is an liquor shop near the highway or not, he will drink. He will purchase it before going to the highway area. Moreover, the shops which are supposed to be closed according to this law are not actually closed. In fact, now they are selling the alcohol in black at a much higher cost. It is not easy to enforce the law. Most of the liquor shop owners have good relation with the officials. If a person is addicted to alcohol, he won't care about the price. So, basically the effect this law is having is that people are still buying the same alcohol but at a higher price. All it will do is, make the drunk person's family to suffer more as now he will spend more on alcohol. So how is banning alcohol a solution?
    What are your views? Is it a good step? If yes, how? Can there be any alternative to this?
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    For some states banning alcohol has become necessity out of compulsion and pressure to which they have even agreed to make a mention in the manifesto. So after banning the liquor, the states feel the heat of not getting the revenue as required from other departments and slowly they revert back to the earlier situation. In AP too there was total ban in the state during NTR regime and it was noticed that during that period people were getting liquor smuggled from Karnataka and Military quota easily available for the drunkards. Hence the subsequent government has lifted the ban. Unless and until total ban across the country under the initiative of central government wont come forth, the states cannot implement this scheme fully and there would be setback and drawbacks.
    K Mohan
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

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