All of this is bullshit. People depend on cars for things like getting to work, etc. You get your license taken away for being in the passenger seat drunk in some states, in most, even being drunk in a parked car is considered drunk driving. Having an open container in a vehicle, while not being drunk, is also means to have your life fucked up by the cops.
I could imagine some poor sap with no friends living in a rural area, driving to the dump to get rid of a half-empty bottle of sucky vodka, being pulled over and BAM. The cops arrest him and the judge hands down a heavy as fuck sentence, and basically that man has been told he cannot eat for two years.
Since when was a first world nation on par with Saudi Arabia for restrictions on alcohol? Highest age limit in the world for drinking age, based on one inconclusive experiment on one sickly kid's liver in 197X. Yet there is a higher death rate by driving under influence in the US than any other country in the world, including those with drinking ages in the 16-18 range. Where the fuck do they go wrong? Could it be that Americans, who learn scarcely the value of moderation, never got to learn how to consume alcohol in moderation until they were too old to retain such knowledge?
That's my number one complaint about this culture; nobody knows how to be in the middle, or think in the middle, in shades of gray. Black and white. Always or never. All or nothing. Good or evil. Rich or poor. Win or lose. Friend or foe. Dieting hard as fuck or not caring about what you eat at all. Big mac with 40 oz coke and large fries, or a piece of lettuce dusted with pepper and a thimbleful of water. Sitting on the couch all day or running twenty miles. Be able to drive or do nothing because you can't get there. An entire chocolate cake in two days or eating nothing for a week. $7.25 an hour or $15,000,000 per game/movie/advertisement. For Haruhi's sake, while a Japanese CEO makes 2.5 times the money his employees do, an American CEO makes, on average, 600 times the money his employees do. When all factored in, if there were no such thing as credit or mortgages in America, nobody but the very rich would be able to own a house. This is a giga setup for failure.