I enjoy an adult beverage here and there, for sure — it’s almost summer, and margaritas are a pretty big part of that for me. But it’s simply established fact that drinking and driving kills people, and that drinking to much is bad for our health. The American Beverage Association is ballsy to take on groups like MADD and the CDC, but not in a good way.
The ABI describes itself as a “restaurant trade association dedicated to protecting the on-premise dining experience — which often includes the responsible consumption of adult beverages.” Other recent initiatives include opposing both the 3% increase of the “job-killing drink tax” in Maryland and the installation of breathalyzers in the cars of low-BAC, first-time drunk driving offenders in Texas.
The ABI website explains that “we have supported hundreds of pieces of legislation to apprehend drunk drivers, increase penalties for those convicted, and continue to search for innovative new ways to combat the problem” but also mandates that “Distracted driving — not alcohol — is today’s biggest problem.”