BARS' RESPONCIBILITY

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BARS' RESPONCIBILITY

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Bars' responsibility

As a nightclub and bar consultant, I can say from firsthand experience that businesses' dependence on promoting cheap and free alcoholic beverages to college patrons only adds to the growing crisis of binge drinking, underage drinking, drunken driving, confrontations and overall drunken behavior ("Colleges are reaching their limit on alcohol").

Some states have taken the lead in enacting legislation that prevents two major influences on this crisis � banning free and all-you-can-drink nights and more than one or two nights a week of any kind of drink specials, as well as totally outlawing anyone under the legal drinking age from entering a liquor-only establishment.

Minors' sole purpose in being in such bars, clubs or lounges is to obtain an illegal drink. There is no reason to allow minors into any alcohol-only premises. They are exploited, preyed upon and simply out of their element.

Responsibility and personal accountability are two factors that are never addressed until a tragedy occurs.

I have always maintained that the way these clubs make serious money is by bringing in patrons by selling the fun experience, not by promoting "ladies drink free" or cheap drinks.

Owners are responsible when they encourage excessive drinking and show no regard or concern for the welfare of these college students. More beer companies and many more liquor companies need to stop focusing on selling cases of liquor and start showing they care about their college drinkers.

This crisis is very personal to me. My son and his girlfriend, both 13, were hit by a drunken driver who was in his early 20s. My son's girlfriend was killed. I see the clear and present danger of binge and non-stop drinking.

Rich Unger, Sarasota, Fla.

Copyright � 2006 Rich Unger

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