Our current values support alcohol and drunkenness. One example is the fact that college drinking is a part of the college experience.
My brother moved to Germany and there everybody drinks. You have a bottle of wine after dinner.
While I was in the Navy, there were a large amount of people, if possible, would get trashed everynight. I can remember laying in my rack and listening to this guy praying to God as he pukes his brains out. Each time before he pukes, he tells God he's sorry and he won't do it again. The next day he's boasting to everyone about how he got wasted as if it were fun and he's ready to go do it again. I can give you so many more examples, and I'm sure you could too. I don't know if you've been to Europe. In Europe everybody will drink, but nobody gets trashed. I'm sure that does happen, but it's not very common. There are things wrong with our society and its just not the acceptance of alcohol, because Europe does it and they're okay. The problems in our society go much deeper and are far more complicating then any laws could fix.
Speaking of laws, so many states have this stupid law about not buying alcohal on Sunday or after a certain time forcing those who feel like they have to get hammered to go to a bar and drive home - real smart law there.
If all the cops kept an eye on everybody to insure that the already laws on the books concerning alcohal were being followed, then nobody would be watching the bank making sure it doesn't get robbed.
This had been brought up before at one of our meetings when I was in the Navy. A man gets drunk comes home and rapes his daughter and claims he couldn't help it because he was drunk. The Navy throws the book at him explaining that even though he was drunk, he still knew right from wrong and was still in control of himself, alcohal was just an excuse. The Navy had taken the stand that a criminal would be charged the same whether they were sober or drunk regarding any violent crime. This might be one stand our courts might want to take - because people do use alcohal as an excuse to commit rape and violence and it shouldn't be tolerated.