Saturday, December 26, 2009
A flyer for an event tonight invites 20-somethings to "get wasted" at a local entertainment venue.
Well, maybe that is the ulterior motive of young people who go to clubs, but to see it so baldly stated on a promotional flyer makes one wonder. Will this be one of those nights where elders hear the scream of ambulance sirens and perhaps the racket of a helicopter coming to carry away a victim of rash behavior?
Public officials have often stated concerns about the number of liquor licenses in Plainfield and incidences of alcohol-fueled mishaps. The city has a large number of consumption and distribution licenses that pre-date a state limit on the proportion of licenses to population. It is not clear whether this venue has a license or is subject to obtaining a permit for each event, but either way, the promotion of intoxication goes against the grain of liquor laws.
Holidays where large numbers of young people come home for reunions with family and friends can be occasions for boisterous celebrations, but let us hope discretion will prevail so that we do not have unfortunate headlines this weekend. Getting "wasted" sometimes means more than a one-time debauch. It can mean a life-changing lapse of judgment that cuts a young person's opportunities short forever.
Take care, young people. Those who love you do not want to see you in an accident or worse. The organizers of this event do not have your best interest at heart.