Andrew Davis

America, we are in a time of crisis. And, meaningful action must be taken before another life is lost. That time for action is now.

According to the World Health Organization, alcohol is responsible for nearly 4 percent of all deaths worldwide. In the United States alone, more than 24,500 people died in 2009 as a result of alcohol, excluding accidents and homicides. In 2010, 31 percent of all traffic-related deaths in the U.S. were the result of alcohol, taking 10,228 lives.

Fellow Americans, something must be done. Too many lives have been lost because of alcohol. Innocent lives snuffed out because alcohol manufacturers and their powerful lobbyists have prevented us from taking necessary steps in rolling-back this so-called “freedom” of which our Founding Fathers never intended.

Yes, drinking alcohol is a “right,” but how far did our forefathers intend that right to be taken? Now, we have 1.5L bottles of 190-proof liquor. We have kegs of “high gravity” beer. We have 24-can cases. We have moved far beyond the original intent of the 21st Amendment.

Therefore, I propose the following “Alcohol Control Act of 2013” (ACA), which will once and for all protect us all from alcohol:

Outlaw High Capacity Cases: There is no constitutional or practical justification for high capacity cases of beer. The ACA will limit cases of beer to six-packs. No longer will people be able to show up to public places with unnecessarily large quantities of dangerous alcohol, allowing them to hand-out brews to people without having to reload the cooler.

Mandatory 72-hour Waiting Period on All Alcohol Purchases: The waiting period will prevent any individual from immediately walking into a store and leaving with alcohol. This waiting period will give individuals a chance to “cool down” before engaging in potentially fatal activities. Also, individuals will only be allowed to purchase two cases per month.

Close the Trader Joe Loophole: The “Trader Joe Loophole” allows millions of Americans to purchase dirt-cheap wine that otherwise would be unavailable in traditional retail stores. By closing the Trader Joe Loophole, cheap wine will be harder to access, and limit the fatal consequences of widespread wine abuse.

Andrew Davis

Andrew Davis is the former Director of Communications for the Libertarian Party of the United States, and served as the Deputy Press Secretary for Bob Barr's 2008 presidential campaign. He currently lives in coastal South Carolina where he is a marketing consultant.