Indias Supreme Court urged states to begin outlawing alcohol this week based on the constitutions Article 47 which already unpins the countrys drug laws.
"It is a notorious fact, of which we can take judicial notice, that more and more of the younger generation in this country is getting addicted to liquor, said Justices SB Sinha and PK Balasubramanyan in the ruling, It has not only become a fashion to consume it but it has also become an obsession with very many. Surely, we do not need an indolent nation (Times Of India).
India previously introduced total prohibition of alcohol in 1977, which lasted for 2 years before being abandoned my most states, though The Times suggested the
Supreme Courts latest ruling is unlikely to be implemented. The Justices comments, however, struck a chord with the attitude of Americas DEA, who last year launched a website aimed at teenagers, Thinktwice.com, which also celebrating banning booze.
Lots of you hear the argument that alcohol prohibition failed---so why are drugs still illegal? Prohibition did work, the DEA declared.
Alcohol consumption was reduced by almost 60% and incidents of liver cirrhosis and deaths from this disease dropped dramatically (Scientific American, 1996, by David Musto). Today, alcohol consumption is over three times greater than during the Prohibition years. Alcohol use is legal, except for kids under 21, and it causes major problems, especially in drunk driving accidents.
http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/prohibition_and_the_gangsters.htm (The 18th Amendment had banned the sale, transportation and manufacture of alcohol in America. But it was clear to some, that millions neither wanted this law nor would respect it. There was obviously a huge market for what in the 1920's was an illegal commodity. It was the gangsters who dominated various cities who provided this commodity. Each major city had its gangster element but the most famous was Chicago with Al Capone . . .)
http://historyofalcoholanddrugs.typepad.com/alcohol_and_drugs_history/saudi_arabia/index.html (The Khaleej Times reports that as many as 20 people died after drinking poisoned cologne in the cities of Mecca, Taif, Medina and Riyadh, the Saudi newspaper Okaz reported on Wednesday. The paper said 40 other people were also admitted to hospital, some in critical condition. Saudi Arabia, which applies a strict interpretation of Islamic law, bans alcohol. Some people drink cologne in the kingdom as a substitute for alcohol . . .)
http://www.justthinktwice.com (DEA has 237 Domestic Offices throughout the
United States and 80 Foreign Offices in 58 countries . . .)
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