Sometimes ideas come to me at the strangest times. Tuesday night I was at the St. Louis Blues game enjoying a very close and intense game. Hockey is one of the greatest sports to watch in person. Part of the entertainment of hockey is the fast paced unpredictability of what is going to happen. Another part of seeing a hockey game live is being a part of the crowd. This is always fun until about the 3rd period when you start to separate the drunk fans from the coherent fans. This is fun for a few laughs but after a while it just gets annoying hearing a guy scream cuss words at players with a bunch of 8 year old kids sitting two rows ahead of you. In this moment of frustration and embarrassment I had an idea that could change all of this. Controlling Alcohol consumption. How will I do this, find out more after clicking that little button below.
Controlling anything is not the American way. We like freedom of speech, choice, and religion. The only thing Americans really like to control is our women (that was a joke). Therefore this idea will probably fly in the face of freedom. But, this idea could be one that would save lives and keep drunk drivers off the streets. I am now stepping to the podium to deliver my speech that could land me a bid to be President in 2012.
In my new plan when a Man or Women turns 21 they have to sign up for a Alcohol ID. This ID will contain your picture, name, address, all that good stuff (much like your license) but it will also contain a bar code. This bar code will be your designated driver or the sign of the end times. Upon arriving at a restaurant bar or sporting event you will present this Alcohol ID to purchase a beer. Upon your purchase your card will be scanned and your alcohol consumption will be tracked for the rest of the evening.
The limit is up for negotiation. There could be a height/weight restriction which would judge how many 16 oz of alcohol you can consume based off your height/weight. There could be a strict 3 beer policy that says after 3 beers you are done. These can all be discussed. Lets go with the 3 beer policy for arguments sake. The limit is 3 beers, after your card has been scanned 3 times you are done for the evening. If you go back for a fourth and you are served there will be record of where you bought it and who served it to you.
You might be like my friend David who is shaking his head right now and calling me names, but this new Alcohol ID will cut drunk driving deaths down by 75% and will cut crime by 10% in all cities and suburbs. How you might ask? Because of the 3 beer limit you will not be able to achieve drunk status and therefore will be unable to drive while intoxicated. Along with this crime will be reduced because Cops will now be freed from patrolling the streets to find drunk drives and will now have the time to actually do their jobs of protecting against crime.
Though this goes against freedom of choice you cannot argue the lives that will be saved because of the ability to limit the amount of alcohol that is consumed.
I know that this idea seems very far fetched, and in all reality I am really just thinking out loud here. But I wonder sometimes if this would not be a bad idea at all? I will say that I do consume alcohol on occasion and am not against it, but responsibility comes along with the ability to drink.
I mainly write this post to bring up a conversation about control.
Maybe, like me, you are a control freak and want to control everything around you. Maybe you have no control over yourself and give into all kinds of temptations. Maybe you are in between. Unfortunately this law would never be passed because of one thing, money. Business would take a big hit in the money books and therefore fight this to take control themselves.