What is Alcohol Abuse?
People normally tend to consume alcohol in social gatherings and certain other relaxing moments. When their alcohol consumption results in any kind of negative side effect on their health, relationship and work it is referred to as alcohol abuse. It is not a state of physical dependence on alcohol, but where an individual is physically impaired of a stable conduct, poses problems in relationships, greatly affects the work and family atmosphere and spoiling their peace of mind. A prolonged state of alcohol abuse will result in alcoholic dependence.
Laws and policy for preventing alcohol abuse
Different ideas come up to control alcoholic abuse. We aim at evaluating the effectiveness of public, educational and legal framework in force that help in controlling alcohol abuse. A section of public propagates eliminating alcoholic drinks from being available. Prohibitionist view to control alcohol abuse by way of curbing the availability of alcoholic drinks is clearly impracticable. It will only result in increased legal violations, corruptions, availability of dangerous and illegal alcoholic beverages, loss of revenue and various other serious problems.
DWI Driving Law
Regulations pertaining to drunken driving law namely DUI and DWI legislations help in actually controlling the increase in DWI offenses which in turn curbs alcoholic abuse. DWI driving law imposes severe punishments on those involved in drunken driving offences.
Prohibition of Alcohol
While prohibitionist talks about eliminating availability of alcohol, in modern times they talk about reduced availability of alcoholic beverages considering a practical aspect of it. Introduction of legal action against a number of alcohol based problems alone can seriously help in preventing alcohol abuse and its impact.
Consumption of Alcohol
Consumption of alcohol is the reason for all drinking problems. More the availability greater will be the drinking problem. Not mere consumption but the quantity of alcohol consumed determines its effect on an individual’s mental and physical health.
Advocates of Reduction of Consumption of Alcohol
After having understood that complete prohibition of alcohol is not an effective solution in dealing with the problem, now they aim at reduction in the consumption of alcohol. Availability makes one drink more, efforts to make alcohol an unaffordable drink is sure to help curbing the quantity of alcohol consumed.
How To Reduce Consumption of Alcohol?
Following measures are being advocated by means of legal enactments in order to reduce consumption of alcoholic beverages.
Restriction on Alcohol based advertisements
- Restriction on ads
- Explicit display of warning signs on the beverages sold.
- Warning messages in alcohol advertisements
Limiting the sale of alcoholic beverages
- Reducing sales outlets
- Limiting the time of the day when alcohol beverages are sold.
- Restriction on sale of alcohol to specific age groups.
- Increasing the taxes on alcohol based beverages.
- Warning signs to be displayed in sales outlets.
Alcohol content regulation
- Reducing the alcohol content in beverages
- Expense on alcohol beverages not allowed under expenses
Reducing the Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) level to be observed while driving the vehicle under DWI driving law
- The responsibility of consequences subsequent to drinking alcohol imposed on the server.
- Imposing severe punishment by way of DWI law on any DWI related violations.