Just saw a segment on Fox News about how Sonic, Burger King, and other restaurants in Florida are going to start serving alcohol. Sounds great to me. One blowhard was quoted as saying that people should have to go to Applebees or TGI Friday’s to drink because there were children present at Sonic. This is but a small anecdote, but symptomatic of our nosey attitudes—as if that’s the only consideration that this guy could think of.
One of the only aspects of European culture that is better than American culture is the former’s attitude toward alcohol. The slightly less oppressive nanny-state instincts of most citizens (except perhaps in the U.K., the Western only country whose nannying rivals ours) is another.