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Alcohol Should be Illegal

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Started: 5/16/2016 Category: Society
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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The amount of deaths caused from alcohol is extraordinary, and the fact that we do nothing but morn in the deaths and continue on drinking is not only stupid, but pathetic. Not only are we mice going for the same trap, but we won't do anything about it. Sure it isn't a easy thing to do, but it needs to be done. Ban Alcohol.


Hello to you NateOhman. You did not establish any rules at the beginning of your first argument, so the only thing I am going to assume is that the burden of proof should be split among both of us equally.

My Arguments:

The Economic Argument:

The economic argument for why alcohol should remain legal is quite simple. Alcoholic beverages bring in billions dollars in taxes for our government to use on other beneficiary programs. In 2014 the TTB (Alcohol and Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau) brought in 7.9 billion dollars in alcohol tax [1].

Also, if alcohol were to be made completely illlegal (buying, selling, drinking, making, etc) people are still going to use alcohol. If people are sent to jail for alcohol related infractions, this would cause a massive burden on taxpayers, as it already costs on average $31,000 a to house one inmate for a year [2], we don't need any more prisoner's taking our tax dollars.

To conclude, making alcohol completely negative is a double whammy for the economy, as the government will lose incoming taxes, as well will it have to spend more taxes to house the inevitable influx of new inmates.

The Expiremental Argument [3]:

As I'm sure you're aware, alcohol was actually made illegal in the United States from 1920 to 1933. So because history is the greatest teacher, let's see how the prohibition of alcohol went when the United States tried it.

In the prohibition years, the laws preventing the manufacture, sale, and transportation were incredibly difficult to enforce, as bootleggers were careful and clever. In order to properly enforce prohibition, the United States would have to spend an incredible amount of money to do so, causing yet another financial burden on the taxpayers and government.

The prohibition years also saw an incredible increase in organized crime activity, with gangsters like the notorious Al Capone making absurd amounts of money from bootlegging illegal liquor.

The working and middle class citizens were under immense financial stress during the prohibition, as costs for law enforcement, jails and prisons skyrocketed (as I said they would).

If we were to make alcohol illegal nowadays, history would surely repeat itself, which is why the temperance movement has died down such an incredible amount since those years of prohibition.

My Counter-Arguments:

Your argument is clear; alcohol should be banned because people can die from the consumption of alcohol. Every alcoholic beverage has a surgeon's general warning label on the container, as required by law. If somebody dies as a result of alcohol poisoning or other alcohol related death, it is that individuals own fault as it was his/her duty to drink responsibly.


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