How many of you like to go out for dinner with your family? And how many opt to have a drink with your meal? Perhaps a glass of wine, or a frosty, cold brew at the end of a long week. Do you have a second drink? Does it depend on whether you’re the designated driver? What if you’re walking home? Should there be a limit to how much you’re allowed to drink? Who decides? These are the questions being raised after a NY restaurant created a one drink limit for parents that has folks shouting out all kind of opinions.
What Is the One Drink Limit?
Peddlers Bar & Bistro, located in Clifton Park (a town north of Albany), has a policy that’s clearly written on the menu. According to the restaurant, the limit is to help end drunk driving fatalities, and that patrons who have children present are limited to only one drink. It does not state whether that depends on how long the patron is there. It also doesn’t specify if it depends on the type of alcoholic drink. Anyone who drinks alcohol knows that there is a vast difference between two Long Island Ice Teas and two beers with below-average alcohol content.
That said, customers have cleared up the fact that the one drink limit is only applicable to one of the adults with the children. So, say, there are three adults present. Two of them can drink as much as they like. The restaurant only wants to be sure there’s one sober driver. Fair enough, I suppose, though it doesn’t negate the fact that maybe they’re all just going to walk or bike home, or that they aren’t all getting a ride from someone else.
The internet, of course, has plenty of opinions. The story, which was first reported by the Albany Times Union, has hundreds of comments on its Facebook page that range from supportive to enraged by the one drink limit.
Clearly, many folks are divided on the policy. Personally, I think that a restaurant can and should restrict anyone (parent or not) from drinking to excess, especially if they know the patron is driving. That said, I find it hypocritical to talk about wanting to prevent drunk driving from occurring but allowing others (who are driving alone) to potentially have 5 cocktails and drive home. Who’s to say that person isn’t going to run over a kid on their bike, or crash into a car with an infant inside? Regardless, I do hope it somehow curbs some drunk driving incidents at the very least.
(Image: Facebook / Peddler’s Bar and Bistro)