Saturday, June 06, 2015
Why Is The Indianapolis Star Promoting The Consumption Of Alcohol So Much?
I don't know if this is a sign of getting old, but I find it offensive the degree to which the Gannett-owned Indianapolis Star is constantly touting the consumption of alcohol. Every time a new business opens that offers micro-brewed beer, or distilled wine or spirit products, The Star prominently promotes a story about it on the homepage of its website. I have no objection to people consuming alcohol, but I find it disturbing how much its use is glamorized the same way cigarette smoking once was in this country. Businesses with licenses to sell alcohol are popping up everywhere you go in this city. You can't get away from it. They're selling it in virtually every drug store, convenience store and grocery store, in addition to what remains of the neighborhood liquor store. Even the City Market now sells alcohol. Virtually no eating establishments other than fast food joints open up for business now without a license to sell alcohol. Alcoholism is a serious health problem for many folks, and the over-consumption of it by so many people makes our streets and highways a much more dangerous place to be. How do you convince young people it's not okay to consume alcohol when its use is so prominently promoted by our media today? Is it not a fair question to ask The Star to explain why it feels promoting alcohol consumption is a good thing for the public?