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29 SEPTEMBER, 2017 (MAINS)

TODAYS ANSWER WRITING CHALLENGE FROM GS- IV

Q1. Do you think that a universal ban on liquor can solve many social evils? What are the various concerns regarding this policy? (200 words)

Please write the answer in comments section

  • Osho Korde

    We are in the era of bans. Ban on sale of cows for slaughter in animal markets, ban on alcohol sales in shops close to highways, ban on sale of alcohol across the state.

    Bans serve some immediate benefits to their proponents. It is a clear display of “right intentions”. A chief minister who announces total ban of alcohol is signalling genuine interest in eradicating the menace of alcoholism from the state. In politics, whether it is in the US or in Bihar, being seen as having the right intentions is many a times more important than the ultimate result of the act.

    In the initial months of prohibition in the US, there was a 30% drop in alcohol consumption and decline in arrests for drunkenness.

    when any social problem becomes more of an individual action in a private space, the ability of the government to intervene to solve the problem becomes more difficult.
    Today Portugal is seeing the benefits of its innovative policies. Portugal’s current drug-induced death rate is more than five times lower than the European Union’s average. Contrary to what the sceptics thought, decriminalization of drugs led to a consistent reduction in drug usage in Portugal over the past 15 years.
    Bans don’t solve any behavioural problems. We need to develop new strategies to deal with various social evils

    We are in the era of bans. Ban on sale of cows for slaughter in animal markets, ban on alcohol sales in shops close to highways, ban on sale of alcohol across the state.

    Bans serve some immediate benefits to their proponents. It is a clear display of “right intentions”. A chief minister who announces total ban of alcohol is signalling genuine interest in eradicating the menace of alcoholism from the state. In politics, whether it is in the US or in Bihar, being seen as having the right intentions is many a times more important than the ultimate result of the act.

    In the initial months of prohibition in the US, there was a 30% drop in alcohol consumption and decline in arrests for drunkenness.

    when any social problem becomes more of an individual action in a private space, the ability of the government to intervene to solve the problem becomes more difficult.
    Today Portugal is seeing the benefits of its innovative policies. Portugal’s current drug-induced death rate is more than five times lower than the European Union’s average. Contrary to what the sceptics thought, decriminalization of drugs led to a consistent reduction in drug usage in Portugal over the past 15 years.
    Bans don’t solve any behavioural problems. We need to develop new strategies to deal with various social evils