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Essay on “Should there be Liquor Prohibition?” Complete Essay for Class 10, Class 12 and Graduation and other classes.

Should there be Liquor Prohibition?

In a democracy where the concept of individual freedom is an integral part, any talk of general code of conduct becomes ticklish. Perhaps in a Utopian society and issue like liquor prohibition will be found both desirable as well as feasible but in a real society, notwithstanding the possible calamitous effects of liquor, the issue generates lot of heat and sweat. But of maintaining individual freedom and right to have one’s own way of life. Right and duty or in this case individuality and responsibility should and do go hand in hand. One can come across numerous cases where the so called individual’s right to drink has resulted in collapse of family harmony and health. People resorting to such mean things like wife-beating, using abusive terms, neglecting children, selling properties and last  but not the least endangering their own lives as a result or cause of liquor addiction are quite common in the society. Should these people have the right to have their own way? Should they be allowed to encroach upon other’s right to live life harmoniously –however close they might be? 

          But perhaps the “scenes” one has listed are credited by the people “addicted” to alcohol. But what about the rights of those people who go for a peg or two in order to enjoy themselves, in order to celebrate some rare occasions? Further it is scientifically proved that a moderate does of liquor may some cases be  beneficial for health. Liquor prohibition in general might, in fact, become a blessing in disguise for those who have become salves to alcohol ,but for the people who exercise self-restraint such a policy would certainly be encroaching upon their right to live life accordingly.

          Besides this question of individual freedom. The contribution of liquor to the national revenue cannot be ignored. A national ban on the sale of liquor would have disastrous impact upon the livelihood of lakhs of people employed in the liquor industry. Also there have been suggestions that liquor should  be banned in five-star hotels because they do not promote tourism in any way. Liquor might not promote tourism but lack of it in five-star hotels, frequented by foreign tourists, would , however, affect tourism negatively.

          Basically, in a modern society any issue that is related to mankind ultimately is a matter of subjective conviction. The habit of drinking starts out of individual preference and it can be stopped only when one comes to realize its repercussions.  But considering the enormity of the problem what is needed is active co-operation of the society and government. Though the performance of government in creating awareness among the people regarding issues like family planning, compulsory primary education, etc., has not been up to mark, still the hope of change lies through the government’s willpower only. It should encourage volunteer organizations in spreading awareness about the possible repercussions of liquor consumption. Thus the rising trend of liquor addiction also becomes a result of overall social backwardness. But considering that the awareness campaign is a long term “treatment” and to have desired impact on the society one has to wait for a good period of time, one can suggest some temporary measures like restricted sale and a judicial increase in the prices of the liquor also. Further, the problem of liquor production is a problem of law and order too. We have instances of illegal liquor factories also and it is here that law has to tighten its grip. Perhaps only then can one come up to the “optimum” situation where liquor consumption is just a matter of self-choice, not self-compulsion, considering the fact that complete liquor prohibition on the part of the state is not feasible. Even if there is a nation-wide ban we may come across further problem of smuggling along the lines of drug-trafficking.

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