Sunday, July 26, 2015

Alcoholic Beverages At Community Events: Are They Always Necessary?

OK~ Not sure where this post is going, but it saddens me to see that several young people in our community have recently been arrested with owi's, possession of drug paraphernalia, reckless driving, and possession of alcohol under age. I get it- teens and young adults are defiant and many do receive a ticket for under age consumption of alcohol. Fortunately, most learn from the first incident and things improve.



Neither my husband nor I are party, go out to the bar people and drink. It seems that every event in our community is built around alcohol. Can people not have a good time unless they have a drink in their hand? Beer tents are at every event and I then think, "How are these people driving home?" Let's face it- the roads cannot be safe around these venues when the night comes to a close.

I know this will never happen, but in an ideal world it would be nice to have community events that are not based around alcohol. I have no desire to be around people that indulge too much and become a nuisance. And unfortunately, the few events we have attended where alcohol is everywhere, we have witnessed this. And it seems that our young people are picking up on this and taking it to a new level.

It can be argued that teens and young adults have always drank. But really, don't people grow up at some point? It appears not.

The beauty of this is that I can choose not to attend and stay home. Nothing wrong with that. Yet in all honesty, I would like to show community support with my attendance, as its people being active, out and about in a community that make communities successful.

The root beer at the local brewery is not that bad- and I get to see a few people and hear some music! But you know what? If some of these breweries and other events advertised that they offered a non-alcoholic option, I do think more people would check out these establishments and events.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this topic. Am I being a complainer or is this something that bothers you, as well? After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?




10 comments:

  1. I can not "like" this post enough. Beer Gardens were a first for me when we moved to Iowa. I had honestly never heard of them and it seems like every event has one. I don't think they are always appropriate when it is a family event. The rate of drug and alcohol abuse is alarming and the availability of alcohol at every single event seems to me to be unnecessary. I never have been into the bar scene and I doubt that that is going to change at this stage so yes---let's have some options where alcohol is not always present. Thanks for being brave enough to write what many of us feel!

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    1. Interesting- I thought Beer Gardens were an event thing all over!

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  2. This is a fantastic post and I do agree. I don't mind having a drink, as in one, but I do think about things like driving. I love it when there are non alcoholic choices.

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    1. Yes and why aren't those drinks advertised?

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  3. I agree!! It seems like alcohol has to be everywhere! We do enjoy an adult beverage, but I also think there are family events and festivals in which it isn't neccessary! If you can't have fun without it, well...you need to examine your life,

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    1. Events should not be advertised as family friendly when alcohol is part of the event. When 1/3 of the seating area is a beer tent.... it bothers me.

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  4. Totally agree! I'm not a drinker at all, and I hate that events can be ruined by that one person in the crowd that acts like a drunk fool.

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  5. I do not think alcoholic beverages should be served at community events whatsoever !!!

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  6. I was at an event at a college once and an enubbriated woman kept getting up constantly adding her rendition to the play.

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