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Our take: Past time B.C. grew up on the issue of alcohol
It’s a weird society we live in when grown men are able to buy beer to consume in a changeroom after a hockey game, but they aren’t able to bring their own in their duffel bag.
Public education and government have done a wonderful job in some areas creating sensible attitudes about alcohol consumption. It’s about time we brought some of that same clear thinking to the odd labyrinth of rules surrounding the same.
We let people drink alcohol in all kinds of public halls, restaurants and patios. But they aren’t allowed to do the same in public parks.
We don’t let teens purchase alcohol. But we turn a blind eye to the adults purchasing it for them.
We refuse ourselves the convenient option of picking up a bottle at our regular grocery store. Instead, we force each other to walk across the parking lot to make exactly the same purchase.
There is a reason they call it beer league hockey. After putting their teeth and groins at risk for two hours late on a Tuesday evening, many respectable taxpayers like a cold brew in the camaraderie of the team before heading home to bed. They aren’t doing it to get wound up, they are doing it to unwind.
They’ve been doing it for years with little to no problems caused. And they shouldn’t have to do it with a bureaucrat hanging over their shoulder.
Clearly, this is not a big deal. The world is not going to change just because we require some place — any place — to be licensed to serve alcohol.
It just seems strange that even when people are clearly behaving like adults, we have to treat them like children.