Ethyl alcohol. Of course. Always.
But let’s forget about all the things we could do to shrink the alcohol problem and keep insisting that legalizing pot would be too dangerous “for the kids.”
Footnote No, I’m not a fan of virtually unregulated commercial legalization for pot, any more than I am for beer. And of course the liquor situation demonstrates the fatuity of the legalizers’ claim that they can reduce access for minors by expadig it for adults because “Dope dealers don’t card.” But swallowing camels while straining at gnats is bad logic and makes for bad policy.
Second footnote Of course the thug culture surrounding football at every level is also part of the picture. (I grew up worshiping the Baltimore Colts, so I take no joy in saying that, but it’s true, even aside from the brain-injury problem.) The high school head coach who spat curses at an inquiring reporter and added, “Youâ€™re going to get yours. And if you donâ€™t get yours, somebody close to you will” is still coaching.