"The husband comes back every night drunk and beat his wife and kids" it is not very uncommon to stumble over this type of news very often which often lead to more violent offence. I have read about drunk father who mollested his own daughter; or killed his wife or got killed while attempting such thing. Our maid says her husband do not work and beat her if she does not give him money to purchase liquor. If you think this incidents are restricted in the lower strata of the society you are wrong. Spoilt kids of rich fathers have ashamed the society on several occassions( sometimes the nation by mollesting foreigners), drunk filmstar ran over his car over the people sleeping on the pavement. I have not yet mentioned the indirect crimes which are linked to liquor like petty crimes to arrange money for liquor. In Bengal, youths (who is no job or study) are enthusiastic about arranging Kali Puja (though I dont want to generalise) because it supply funds for the special purpose as if Kali puja means free permit to get drunk. Harrasement for contributions is very common in this case. I wonder how our policy makers remains silent for years in this curse which is ruining our society. There are states where liquor is a banned item. Coincidentally one such state is the most prosperous in the country. I dont know whether there is any link between banning of liquor and prosperity in state level. I am no expert in it. But, I am aware how it is ruining many poor families. It is impossible to get rid of it completely. People will manufacture iquor illegally if it is banned. But it least the number of crimes associated with liquor will drop if people are afraid of getting drunk fearing law enforcing bodies. Prostitution is another thing which is directly linked with human traficcing in which India has the glorioius first position. Some want it to get legalised as a trade. I wonder how many of them want member of their family to join in this trade. It is time our policy makers should give it a serious thinking. Please dont add a pole in this thread.. Members should give their opinion; defend their point of view; not just a vote in favour or against it.