by Peter Children –
A proposed new drinking law would drop the legal threshold for drinking while driving from .08% blood alcohol content to .05.
Will this law have an effect on bar sales; hell yes but only for a few hours after it becomes law. I don’t think it has to be a deal breaker for bars but it will be a “bump in the road.” The bar owner will just have to be a bit more creative, like having nude waitresses.
Some drinkers will pay attention to this new law as they should, others will care less and continue drinking with abandonment . I have been in that business…..you don’t make money from heavy drinkers, you lose money. Heavy drinkers get drunk and cause trouble, they run your good customers out and label your bar as a place to avoid if you want to just have a drink and not have to defend yourself while doing it.
When I was in the business we purposely raised our price by five cents per glass with the intention of discouraging hardcore drinkers who would avoid us simply because they wanted to “get as much beer as possible” for the money they had. If it’s your intention you get whacked when you set out for an evening of merriment, then I would if I could….give you the money to get drunk somewhere else.
These are different times, when I was in the business there was an altogether different police force working the streets. Most of the officers would rather see that you got home safely than arrest you. Most of the beat cops would stop in for a couple minutes to chat with the bartender or owner. It was always near the front door, they never walked around inside, just made their presence known. It was a reminder that there were consequences to drinking too much. Although I don’t know but one or two of today’s police force, I have to believe they are not that much different then those who called in when the red light was turned on the telephone pole that served as a signal to call the station. No radios.
In the end it really isn’t the new law that you should worry about…that law will only effect you if you allow it. If getting drunk is your goal, you’re going to the store and buy the cheapest 12 pack you can find, take it home and drink until you pass out. No one running a bar wants you to come in…..if they are smart.