Sarah Longwell, the managing director of ABI, has an excellent oped in today’s Richmond Times Dispatch pegged to Ken Burns’ new documentary on Prohibition. In the piece, she explains how even though the Great Experiment ended nearly 80 years ago, “prohibitionists are alive and well today.” An excerpt:
“Decades after the repeal of the 18th Amendment, busybody activists are pursuing policies to make it more difficult for consumers to drink socially and urging governments to use every tool in their sheds to cut down on casual alcohol consumption…
Policies such as higher alcohol taxes, sobriety checkpoints, lower legal drunken-driving thresholds, restrictions on Sunday sales, alcohol advertising bans, and initiatives to put alcohol-sensing devices in all cars as original equipment are touted as solutions to problems such as underage drinking, alcoholism and drunken driving.
But in reality these laws aren’t about curbing alcohol abuses; they’re part of a neo-prohibitionist effort to restrict the consumption of alcohol no matter how moderate.”
Check out her full piece at the Richmond Times Dispatch.