Children Shouldn't be Allowed to see Liquor Bottles?

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liquor bottlesOther than layovers at the Salt Lake International Airport and one quick business trip, I have never spent any time in the state of Utah. But while living in nearby Idaho, I became aware of Utah's unusual laws regarding alcohol. Most notably, bar patrons must fill out an application and pay a fee before being allowed in.

This law does not apply to restaurants and anyone of legal age can have a drink with dinner. However, the bar areas in most restaurants are required to have a barrier between the bartenders and the customers. This means the server must walk around the barrier to deliver drinks. I am not sure of the purpose of this so-called "Zion Curtain", but because it is made of glass, it clearly isn't intended to hide anything from view.

But at least one Utah state senator thinks this barrier should be hiding the view of the bar from impressionable children. He wants a law passed that would require restaurants to not only hide the liquor bottles from kids, but to prepare the alcoholic drinks out of their sight. "Restaurants are turning into bars," said Senate President Michael Waddoups. "It's making it look attractive. Kids see it and wonder what they're missing. I think we need to be a little more strict."

I can appreciate Waddoups' desire to protect children from the early influence of alcohol but I think his idea is backwards. If kids seeing what goes on behind the bar makes them wonder what they are missing, doesn't it stand to reason that being secretive and hiding it would make them even more curious?

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.