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Should Alcohol be Banned?

Statistics show that the world's favourite drug is alcohol. Statistics also show that many people die due to drunks, under age drinkers and people who kill themselves from overdose.

 

It is known to have ruined many lives via addicts etc.

 

So should alcohol be banned?

Yes

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No

Side Score: 50
4 points

Nowadays, very urgent the problem of alcohol. Many people are suffering and dying from this sinister poison. Having read the article and watching an excerpt from the lecture given by Professor Zhdanov, VG, you'll see what irreparable harm to apply not only to yourselves but also your children. The shocking data shake even heartless people, causing them compassion. Perhaps reading the article about the dangers of alcohol, you will stop not only to use this poison yourselves, but also tell it to your friends.

Side: yes
5 points

Alcohol is not only poison, but it also causes people to do crazy things. It results into more deaths than there would be without the problem of alcohol.

Side: yes

Depends, will they do me the favor of shooting me in the head if they do ban it?

Side: Maybe
Micmacmoc(2260) Disputed
4 points

This is a closed question.

It does not say "Do you Think Alcohol Should be Banned and Give me an Indefinite Answer," it says "Should Alcohol be Banned?"

The answer that you placed with what you tagged as 'Maybe' is undeniably weird.

Side: No
3 points

"The answer that you placed with what you tagged as 'Maybe' is undeniably weird"

Actually there was nothing weird about it, you either have no sense of humor or you aren't' intelligent enough to understand what I meant by my statement. If I asked to be compensated by being shot, that clearly tells you I against a ban. I also must inquire to why it is you felt a need to question my comment if you felt it served no purpose.

Side: Maybe
2 points

it causes people to go crazy and maybe do stupid things like, drunk driving and things. not only that but crashes happen more than regular crashes

Side: yes
2 points

Yes because it hurts the liver , brain , pancreas destroys the memory its bad for teens and it ruins lives & childhoods

Side: Yes
2 points

Of course not! It eats away your liver and also adds sleepiness, ammonia and a list more. Its ok for a little but not lots!

Side: Yes
2 points

Its nothing to do with all of things, its all within a person who uses it.

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Side: Yes
1 point

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Side: Yes
1 point

ban of alcohol will only bring in illegal drugs and home brew....

Side: Yes

There are so many fatal car accidents and alcohol can lead toward domestic violence.

Side: Yes
1 point

alcohol should be banned because its has its own effects. people start drinking i in excess what is the point over loosing your control ?? alcohol once started on regular basis becomes a habit and too much of everything is bad or even worse in this case! it has destroyed many families , future of many children because if one member drinks in the family the younger member is influenced by it ! what is the point of drinking why do people drink? it harms your body if you people do not understand that simple thing! and it is not even cool if you drink! in some religion a person can drink , smoke but not eat chicken this is so strange! instead of being healthy by eating chicken and fish ..people prefer to drink so that there kidney fails and they die miserably!! i strongly oppose drinking! its killing people from inside and from outside too!

Side: Yes
3 points

Actually alcohol was once banned and we all know how that turned out. Booze was smuggled in anyways and police officers were spending their time stopping smugglers instead of catching murderers, rapists. thieves, etc. Eventually people got so fed up with this law the government revoked it.

Side: No
1 point

Alcohol shouldn't be banned. we have tried it before, which didn't work out. also, god created alcohol, and it has been used for many reasons since the dawn of time, aka Jesus turned water into wine!! also, some alcohols,(dark beer, and wine) in moderation, can have many health benefits. Substance abuse is a whole nother problem, banning alcohol is not going to keep it from being made. besides, wine is made of grapes, and some include blueberries (the super fruit) and that can be very healthy, just drink within moderation!!!

Side: No
2 points

No it should not be banned...but our laws should be tougher on those who abuse it.

But we don't have enough jails and prisons to house the millions we would have to jail who share this problem.

I beleive that if by your actions you kill someone while under the influence...on our highways...that its first degree murder. It is premeditated...if you get inside a car and kill.

Also if you are stopped enough times...under the influence you should for ever lose the right to drive.

Side: No
1 point

I'm siding here although I think alcohol should be replaced with a safer and less depressing drug such as ecstasy or cannabis. Alcohol is one of the most dangerous drugs and yet it's legal. It has been proven over and over again that a large amount of 'illicit' drugs are much safer and have much lower death rates than alcohol. In the UK the death rate of ecstasy is 7 per million users per year. And is as low as 1 per million in the U.S.A http://www.thegooddrugsguide.com/ecstasy/dangers.htm

The death rate of alcohol in the UK is 13.6 per 100,000. That's per 100,000! Now work out the math and compare it to 7 per million ecstasy users.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/7208676.stm

And then we have the wonderful drug that is cannabis. Safe as hell, it can't kill you directly. Even LSD cannot kill you directly (although many die from thinking they can float or some shit). Alcohol kills directly and poisons your body.

In conclusion I think alcohol should be replaced with other drugs. We need drugs to tax but the government have their drug priorities all wrong.

Side: No

No, in prohibition, alcohol was banned, and it created all sorts of new unintended consequences, black market of alcohol. Al Capone was the ring leader.

Side: No
1 point

Alcohol has been with us through out human history, it hasn't stopped us from progressing. Societies that have tried to ban alcohol are no better off and in many cases it triggers a criminal underworld.

Side: No
Samal(45) Disputed
1 point

Yes, I agree with you that alcohol is in our life, very long time, but it can lead to serious trouble. You know that in times of II World War, people have tried to stop it, ban alcohol, and they were able to do it, but not for long. And you know what was the action of people who were against the ban, they began to drink their perfumes and other means with alcohol. Do you think this is normal? I DO NOT THINK SO! This is the concern of alcohol. And I do not want such a future.

Side: yes
1 point

This argument is not new.

Concerning alcohol it is no different from the gun ownership debate: guns do not kill, irresponsible or insane people kill.

It is not the guns' fault, nor should they be outlawed.

Neither should alcohol: it is all about drinking RESPONSIBLY.

If one cannot drink responsibly then one should simply abstain.

Side: it is all about responsibility
1 point

Alcohol is harmful to one's personal health (technically, it can be viewed as a poison, based on how the body reacts to it). While some studies have linked its consumption in moderation with positive health effects, there are no causative relationships that have been established.

That being said, how can you "ban" alcohol; "alcoholic fermentation is the conversion of pyruvate into ethanol and carbon dioxide" (source: Wikipedia). What's that jargon mean? It means that this is a natural physical process, one that will take place regardless of whether there is a ban on alcohol or not.

Furthermore, banning alcohol could create a dangerous black-market for a product highly desired by some; Prohibition only created a network of illegal trade, and was ultimately abolished. Banning alcohol would increase the potential profit margins of those risking to produce it, and attempting to control it would inevitably fail, much like the drawn-out "war on drugs" (a war where many of its initial proponents have switched stances on).

Regulating its availability, and educating the public on its effects is a much more viable way to go.

Side: No

Alcohol is a natural product and, as such, should not be banned. Man's abuse of alcohol is a different matter.

Side: No
1 point

Alcohol isn't particularly 'Arghhhhhhhhhhh Pathetic' unless you get drunk. And worse if you do it everywhere. Besides it makes so much revenue. Especially for third World countries. They would just face a tough time.

People must be guided against it. Counselled, that alcohol itself loses the market.

Side: No
1 point

this matter was tried once and it defiantly failed and not only that it opened the door to new ways of committing crimes and not respecting the law as before. even presidents were cough drinking during prohibition, the more you prohibit and less educate on the bad outcomes of this are the solution since just prohibiting will only make it more tempting

Side: No
1 point

Although I think consuming alcohol is stupid as it is basically poison to your body, prohibition is never the answer. We tried it already in the early 1900s, and we are still doing it now, but this time with Marijuana. Prohibition does nothing but create a black market and dramatically increase crime, not to mention all the money wasted on anti-weed campaigns, advertisements, and movements.

Side: No
1 point

Alcohol harm is obvious. Alcohol is carried by blood to all organs, and adversely effect them up to destruction. According to the Community for Healthy Lifestyles, the systematic use of alcohol is developing alcoholism. A major problem is that most of the alcohol which is produced by non-state enterprises, contains a large amount of toxic substances. The use of these products leads to poisoning and even death. This is the main reason why I am against alcohol. Loss of life is a serious problem. So, I believe that alcohol should be ban!

Side: No
1 point

they have tried that for the same reasons you are all talking about. what happened is that it raised the countrys' debt into the billions at a time when such a number didn't exist.

Side: No
1 point

Firstly, there should be an age limit on selling alcohol. True, legal aged people are able to buy it for them, however there are various circumstances that prevent them from doing so. Such examples include the conscience of the buyer buying for them, and less people at night time as that is the usual peak time to drink alcohol. Creating a time limit on selling alcohol helps too, this is implemented in some countries.

Secondly, for people who kill themselves, it is purely voluntary and it does not violate any law. Committing suicide is of your own choice and alcohol is not the only reason that this occurred.

I will assume that your statistics of "many people due to drunks" is correct from this point onwards and this is the sole reason stated on why alcohol should be banned.

I do not agree with the solution of banning alcohol to solve the problem, there are many better solutions to solve this matter, such as to increase the price of alcohol, or educate people for the harmful effects of alcohol, etc.

increasing the price of alcohol will indirectly tell people to buy alcohol when they really need it. Some people does not understand the effects of alcohol, thus educating them will surely reduce murders.

Moreover, alcohol does have good effects, such as improving social communication and preventing diseases (http://web4health.info/en/answers/add-alcohol-goodbad.htm).

In conclusion, there are many other methods to reduce deaths due to alcohol, and suicides are not counted as they are purely voluntary. In addition, alcohol has good causes so banning alcohol is not the optimum decision.

Side: No

We tried this before, and surprise, surprise, the bad idea in theory turned out to be a bad idea in practice.

Side: No
1 point

Because people would lose their jobs.............................................!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Side: No
1 point

But also it calms people down,and also prevents suicide so if people want to ban alcohol it's because they have never tried it or they have never been happy.

Side: No
1 point

But also it calms people down,and also prevents suicide so if people want to ban alcohol it's because they have never tried it or they have never been happy. And or they are under age drinkers that are stupid. So if you are a kid then never drink alcohol it will ruin your life!

Side: No
0 points

Alcohol is dangerous and horrible... but fun. And popular. And on demand. And loved. And desired.

Because of this, banning alcohol isn't going to work. We already tried to ban alcohol during Prohibition, and you know what? All we succeeded in doing was create several American mafias.

In our day and age, no drug should be banned. If it's banned, nothing will happen, except there will be tons of people who will be thrown into jail! You can't stop people from doing drugs. You're only going to ruin their lives more by letting them take the drugs and then putting them in jail with other druggies instead of helping them with their problem.

The only way we can ween people off drugs like alcohol is to do over the course of CENTURIES by enlisting changes in culture. Centuries. Of. Change. That's the only thing that will work. Not a sudden ban.

Besides, once alcohol is banned, HOW WILL WE TAX IT?!

Side: No
0 points

Well I agree with what you say in this post...but I will say this. Would I like it banned yes. For these reasons.

Alcohol is dangerous and can tear people, families, communities apart. It serves no purpose but to make people drunk most the time. And when people get drunk things happen...and those things are not always good.

So can I picture or imagine a world where there are no drunk people, yes. Can I imagine a world where theres no spousal and child abuse, rape, murders on our streets or highways caused by alcohol. A world where people don't die of liver cancer that is directly caused by drinking alcohol.........a world where college kids spent more time studying than participating in drinking games?

I see more harm from alcohol than even pot. I am curious to know how many people here who support drinking also think all drugs should be legalized...because for the drug users their use is fun too.

Are both good for society?

I know drinking has been around for centuries...but I don't think they had the problems with alcohol that we as a nation have.

This is how one website I looked at described alcoholism.

Alcoholism is a progressive degenerative disease that includes the following four symptoms: craving, physical dependence, the loss of control, and tolerance.

Now in my opinion all four are bad. This first statistic is unbelievable....

Alcohol dependence and alcohol abuse cost the United States an estimated $220 billion in 2005. This dollar amount was more than the cost associated with cancer ($196 billion) and obesity ($133 billion).

The 25.9% of underage drinkers who are alcohol abusers and alcohol dependent drink 47.3% of the alcohol that is consumed by all underage drinkers.

Alcoholism can increase the risk for certain cancers, especially those of the throat, voice box (larynx), liver, colon, kidneys, rectum, and the esophagus. Excessive drinking can also cause immune system problems, brain damage, harm to the fetus during pregnancy, and cirrhosis of the liver.

In the United States, almost three times as many men (9.8 million) as women (3.9 million) abuse alcohol or are alcohol-dependent.

In a study of more than 450 American alcoholics and 80 heroin addicts, it was found that the absent father is a very typical occurrence. In fact, according to this study, it is the rule rather than the exception.

6.6 million American children under the age of 18 live in homes with at least one alcoholic parent.

Approximately 14 million people in the United States are addicted to alcohol or abuse alcohol.

More than seven percent of the population ages 18 years and older -- nearly 13.8 million Americans -- have problems with drinking, including 8.1 million people who suffer from alcoholism.

Generally, alcoholism is caused by 40% genetic factors and the remaining 60% by factors we don’t understand.

Drunk driving fatalities accounted for 32% of all traffic deaths last year, that is, on average someone is killed in an alcohol-impaired driving crash about every 50 minutes in the U.S. (Source: NHTSA/FARS, 2010)

And then there are statistics on spousal and child abuse and drinking.

http://alcoholism.about.com/od/abuse/a/blacer041214.htm

And child abuse......alcohols affects on the worldplace etc....

So would I like to see it banned for all these reasons yes. But I agree that it would almost be impossible to monitor. Our laws need to be tougher. I live in Arizona...ours are the toughest I beleive in the country. You do not want to get caught drinking and driving. Its a manditory jail sentence.

Side: No
chatturgha(1630) Disputed
0 points

What I want you to understand is that banning alcohol is wrong for some of the reasons you described.

1. You cannot stop people from doing drugs. You never will. Ever. Cocaine and heroine and speed and Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds are all illegal, but people do them all around the country. If they're caught in the act, not necessarily caught in the high, they are jailed. For years. And years. They know this and will keep taking the drug. They'll convince other people to take it. And the news will spread until a sufficient amount of peopl say 'no thanks'. Law is going to stop people from taking drugs, it's just going to jail these poor fools in case they are somehow caught within their own home or a dark alleyway. You cannot solve a problem by jailing people. Jailing people for drugs is wrong, because drugs are only wrong when they hurt the imbiber AND people around the imbiber.

2. Jailing people for drugs is wrong (Mhm). Since there are so many people that do drugs in general, including alcohol, it's wrong to jail people for them. Even alcohol. Our current laws today when it comes to alcohol are fantastic! If you hurt someone while on alcohol, you go to jail. If you drive while drunk, you go to jail. If you do anything unlawful under alcohol, you go to jail. But jailing people for just having alcohol, like what is done with all other drugs (except tobacco), is only going to succeed in jailing people who haven't done anything wrong yet. Yet. May or may not have kind of 'yet'.

I want you to understand thing. Possession of a drug should not warren years in jail! What should warrent jailtime is if you do something unlawful while under the influence! So instead of banning it and jailing people for it, you should just tighten the under the influence laws so that drunk driving, abuse, and rape stops happening in such great numbers. Jailing people for just having it is solving a negative with a negative, but two negatives don't make a positive. That only happens in math, not real life.

Side: No

i bagree wiith you and hope you will win and to help i will bring up that alchohol is one of the number one killers and that it does destroy peoples lifes

Side: yes