bmasel wrote:What's not so clear is whether reducing the density of bars reduces the density of drinking.
I'll go ya one further. Anyone who thinks bar density is at all proportional to drunken college hijinks is full of so much horseshit you could fertilize the Isthmus three times over.
Close all the bars; the kids will just have their of-age friends buy them liquor.
There used to be this crazy law called Prohibition. The goal was to eliminate alcohol altogether. How'd that work out, I wonder?
It may be a coon's age and fifty acid trips since you were one, Stu, but kids are going to do stupid things and get wasted and be irresponsible. Shifting the full burden of that responsibility to bars is utter crap.
If a bar plies these amateur retards with cheap drinks, the shit'll hit the fan sooner or later and the carrot chunks will fall where they may. I'm all for bringing on the heat when a place like the Majestic or the KK (or fill-in the blank) regularly demonstrates that it can't control its clientele.
But pretending you're doing anyone a service with this density nonsense is kind of like thinking you're doing the world a favor by having yourself sterilized to preclude your giving birth to the next Hitler. Sure, your deluded ass might be able to sit back comfortably as the world spins on, knowing you've "done all you can," but in reality you've done dick, and at the end of the day you're resting your empty head on the downy pillow of false pretense. But hey, whatever helps you sleep at night ...
The issue of drinking responsibly (and, more broadly, the issue of growing up to be a responsible member of society) is an issue that demands to be addressed long before kids leave the nest.
I'm not suggesting parents are the sole source of the problem, but honestly, a parental density plan would make as much sense as what you're proposing, and would probably be twice as effective. But this is a free country and stupid, ineffectual people are permitted to procreate, just like everyone else. And there is no law, nor should there be, that says we have to hold the hands of these idiots' progeny until they stumble their way into adulthood.