While scrolling through my timeline on a perfect Saturday morning while listening to Tranquility with a beat playlist on Spotify, I saw this news -
Kerala readies liquor policy as it heads for prohibition
This is stupid on many levels -
1. The state is going to lose 8,000 crores of revenue annually… which hopefully they used to put back into the welfare and improvement of the state. Now these guys will have to come up with another source of revenue.
2. It’s not even a complete prohibition as alcohol will still be available in 5 start hotels for “tourism purpose”, Yeah right.
3. A lot of people currently working in bars are going to lose their jobs. The government can’t and won’t rehabilitate every one of them.
4. A lot of illicit liquor trade is going to pop up selling alcohol at a higher margin. This is going to be organised with people illegally importing liquor and selling them. Watch Boardwalk Empire, you’ll get what I am saying.
5. People who drink liquor are not going to stop suddenly because of ‘prohibition’.They have to get their hit somewhere. The demand is there, supply is going to come soon enough.
6. Prohibition has never effectively worked in the past, will not in the future – just read – Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. It is going to create disrespect for the law because people are going to see it just as an inconvenience, they are going to drink and break the law.
7. Being a police state is never good for anyone. Remember what is happening in #Ferguson ?
8. Drinking habits are going to change, people will drink more at home and hard liquor will be more popular. And, this is going to be a rage with the teens, make something unavailable and people would want it more. Drinking will probably become fashionable, a sign of rebellion against the stupid law.
People, please stop being stupid. That’s all I ask of you.
[Update] A friend told me that Gujarat is handling prohibition well..
Okay… let’s see how well Gujarat is handling prohibition…
1. Liquor is freely available. So much so that it is delivered to homes. The booze-delivery system is similar to pizza delivery: it is fast and free. Don’t believe me? feel free to go to Gujarat and check it out.
2. The legal way to drink alcohol – avail of a permit from the home department on medical grounds, which allows a ‘patient’ to consume up to five bottles of liquor a month by paying an annual fee of nearly `4,000.
3. Deaths due to consumption of spurious liquor — The most notorious is the incident in July 2009, when nearly 148 people lost their lives in Ahmedabad.
4. Between 1999 and September 2009, 70,899 prohibition cases were registered but there were convictions only in 9%.
5. Gujarat shares its borders with Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. Truckloads of liquor are smuggled from these states.