OK, I am really not a prude, and I occasionally have a drink, but I am concerned about the widespread promotion of alcohol in Asheville. Is anyone else?
These past two summers I’ve observed way more staggering, vomiting people wandering the downtown sidewalks than ever before.
We are producing our own sake, moonshine, wine, hard cider, and a gazillion different beers. There are new breweries showing up downtown and in almost every surrounding community. Everyone is singing their praises. We have brew fests of several varieties including Asheville Beer Week. We have brewery tours. We have an Asheville Beer Club. We have brewery calendars and weekly articles describing the latest variations.
We can buy beer while we shop for clothes and outdoor gear (Black Dome), we can do yoga and drink beer (four local breweries are participating), we can pump gas while drinking a beer (The Brew Pump), we can cycle around town and drink beer or wine (Amazing Pubcycle), we can go for a trail run and drink beer ( Hash House Harriers: “A drinking group with a running problem,” says the Meet-Up page) and, most recently, we can start drinking hard cider at 9 a.m. (Urban Orchard).
I understand this is good for the economy and tourism AND we are creating a culture where drinking several alcoholic beverages anytime, anywhere, any day is the norm. What will the impact of this be on our health, our alcoholism rate, our drunk driving arrests or our street fights?
Is anyone collecting any data on this?
On romanticasheville.com/beer.htm there is this quote: “Asheville, per capita, has one of the highest rates of craft brew consumption in the Southeast.”
Is anyone else worried?