Editorial: More beer coming to Oklahoma

Now that Oklahoma has liberalized its liquor laws, breweries from all over are wanting to come to the Sooner State so we can consume more alcohol.

Companies from Colorado and California – two of the top largest in the nation – have announced plans to sell their “craft beers” in Oklahoma.

This is all about profits with no regard to the social consequence of more and more drinking.

Last November, state voters overwhelmingly approved a change in liquor laws. Beginning in 2018, grocery stores like Reasors, convenience stores like QuikTrip, pharmacies, box stores and all kinds of retailers will be able to sell strong beer and wine. Previously, they could only sell beer with an alcohol content of 3.2.

And it can be refrigerated. And that goes for liquor stores, which will sell ice and the hard liquor.

What this means is more and more alcohol and more and more alcohol abuse.

Steve Whitaker, senior pastor and CEO of John 3:16 Mission, has counseled thousands of men and women who suffer from alcoholism. Whitaker says it has absolutely been proven that alcohol is the gateway drug to other harmful drugs, including marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, LSD and more.

Almost all drug addicts started down that road by drinking too much alcohol.

Prohibition doesn’t work. Society has to draw a line. We don’t let people drink too much and drive. We don’t let children drink alcohol. We make liquor retailers get a licence.

But now Oklahoma has taken a big step backward in substance abuse and addiction. And even out-of-state beer companies are ready to help make it more convenient for more Oklahomans to get drunk.