What are the steps that should be taken by the government and people to increase the anti-liquor movement?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I suppose my first question in response to this would be to wonder if there is an "anti- liquor movement" that is out there.  Temperance movements seemed to have faded out since the days of the Progressivists.  If nothing else, in America, the repeal of prohibition in the form of the 21st Amendment to the Constitution might be a considerably important step that would have done much to the anti- liquor movement's attempts at political change.  However, I do think that government has recognized the need to encourage safe and responsible consumption of alcohol.  There are few, if any, governments that outright ban alcohol.  It is too difficult to do this.  However, governments have used education and social attitudes to encourage safe and more responsible consumption of alcohol.  The fact that drug and alcohol awareness and education is a part of the wellness curriculum in most schools is a part of this.  Government has ensured that drunk driving, or driving under the influence or while intoxicated, are crimes that are vigorously prosecuted.  From a social point of view, groups like MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) have taken to social forms of education and awareness about the dangers of drunk driving.  Finally, the fact that alcoholism is largely seen as a "disease" that necessitates the resources that other diseases require in countering is another example of how people actively take a stand the fosters a more aggressive against alcohol.

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