Alcohol Nannies and The New War On Alcohol
David Harsanyi, a columnist at the Denver Post, is the author of the book "Nanny State: How Food Fascists, Teetotaling Do-Gooders, Priggish Moralists, and Other Boneheaded Bureaucrats Are Turning America Into a Nation of Children."
Part of the book was published in the November issue of Reason Magazine as an article titled "Prohibition Returns! Teetotaling do-gooders attack your right to drink."
A D.C. police officer who arrested a middle-aged mother of two driving in Georgetown after eating in a restaurant and having only one glass of wine (only 0.03% BAC), was quoted as saying "If you get behind the wheel of a car with any measurable amount of alcohol, you will be dealt with in D.C. We have zero tolerance .... Anything above 0.01, we can arrest."
Note: That would mean that .0001 of you blood is alcohol.
From the article:
Drinking is under attack these days in ways we haven't seen since the failed experiment with national alcohol prohibition in the 1920s. Indeed, for many neoprohibitionists, that experiment wasn't a failure at all, since it did cut alcohol consumption, which is all that matters. We can see that mentality today in policies that go beyond preventing drunk driving or punishing drunk drivers and aim to discourage drinking per se.
Pretty scarcy stuff from a very interesting article.
(HT: Society and Money)