Consumers today have to put forth very little effort to obtain the things they want or need. With just a few keystrokes we can order our groceries, clothing, books, gifts, flowers, and more. So, it’s no surprise that we can now have alcoholic beverages delivered to our door. Restaurants, grocery stores, and alcohol delivery services are taking part in making it easy for us to get our favorite beverages.
Alcohol delivery can be a good thing in some respects, but in many ways, it can cause problems for people who have trouble controlling their alcohol intake. Just because there’s an app for it doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of this new fad.
Who Uses Alcohol Delivery Services?
In the last few years, app entrepreneurs have turned their attention to creating innovative apps that will satisfy the increasing demand for alcohol delivery services. Some of those include Klink, Drizly, Minibar, Saucey, Swill, and Thirstie. Although this seems like a great idea as a convenient service, some concerns arise.
Who would want alcohol delivered to their home? Perhaps it’s someone hosting a party or cookout dinner in their home and they run out of beer or wine for the guests. Using one of the apps prevents having to leave the party to make a beer run and risk driving under the influence.
Or, maybe someone who has been drinking doesn’t want to drive to get more booze. An alcohol delivery service could be doing a public service by keeping this person from getting behind the wheel. On the other hand, we have to wonder if some people would drink way more than they should simply because it’s easy to obtain.
Is Alcohol Delivery Legal in Most States?
Home delivery of alcoholic beverages could be a convenient way for underage drinkers to obtain alcohol. For that reason, most states require the customer to show a valid from of identification to the delivery person. Also, drivers who are delivering alcohol must be 21 years old and pass a criminal background check. Some states allow up to one gallon of alcohol per customer per delivery.
Additionally, most states require that the delivery service’s gross sales come from food delivery. They also require that the company and its drivers obtain a state license to deliver alcohol. These efforts are in place to prevent or curtail minors taking advantage of the service. High prices are another measure that might make the service less attractive to young people or college students.
In California, legislation is moving forward that will curb access of home-delivered alcohol to minors. It requires that an alcohol delivery service submit it’s identification system to the ABC for review and approval.
The system must include the following elements:
- Methods for verifying that the recipient of alcohol is 21 years of age or over.
- Provides person-to-person delivery.
- Drivers must be 21 years of age or older.
- No delivery to college or university grounds.
Of course, in today’s world, every rule and law on the books has been broken at one time or another. Making laws doesn’t necessarily ensure that everything is under control. But, it is a step in the right direction and can make a difference in keeping alcohol delivery services from getting alcohol into the hands of minors.
By-Passing Social Stigma Associated with Purchasing Alcohol
For those individuals who don’t like everyone seeing how much alcohol they purchase or consume, a delivery service is an ideal situation. But, they put themselves at risk of drinking more than they should and drinking more often. Also, the drinks a person makes at home tend to be stronger than the drinks they would have gotten in a bar or restaurant. The only benefit is that it keeps a drinking person from driving to get more alcohol and putting himself or others in danger.
If you would like more information about whether alcohol delivery services are contributing to increased alcohol problems today, give us a call. We will be happy to answer your questions or help you arrange treatment for yourself or a loved one who has alcohol abuse problems.