Wine and Beer on Food Stamps?
by Liv Jones / /
It seems obvious why we don't allow it, but are we simply passing judgement that individuals will use alcohol in place of nutritional food? Clearly, when you can purchase Red Bulls, mixes for Alcoholic drinks, and candy on food stamps, our argument is slowly eroded away. In fact, those who want to get buzzed from alcohol, are already doing so by making homemade moonshine, called Hooch or Pruno. Individuals buy the fruit on food-stamps and ferment it in their homes.
If the argument is that its a luxury item, and people on food stamps should not be entitled to the quality of food as non-food stamp individuals, your argument is also void, because you can take your EBT card to Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, and buy Fillet Mignon, Gruyere cheese, or spends your entire balance on a freshly caught lobster.
While Belgian dishes and their many sauces might be argument for allowing beer, it's really difficult to understand why we ban wine. Are we so judgmental that we now believe everyone on food-stamps are alcoholics? Wine? Not liquor, beer, but wine. A core ingredient in thousands of French dishes and recipes. The question is why do we vilify alcohol in this country so much? Is it our Protestant values? Surely if it's a concern for health, then we would be banning junk food.
In fact, I'd argue to say a glass of wine could be, and likely is, healthier than a sugared fizzy soda. In most countries, wine is two to three times cheaper than soda. Most Europeans wouldn't think of a dinner without a glass of wine. Numerous studies have shown that there are health benefits to consumption of a regular amount of wine. It leads to less obesity, better health, and lower rates of cancer. What's more, is that wine drinking is a social activity, increasing a person's quality of life, creating an atmosphere with a positive social well-being.
It just seems like we have the whole concept of supporting people on welfare, to improve their lives, backwards. In fact, I can't think of any reason not to allow wine on food stamps. Heart disease and obesity kill far more than wine ever has. So why can't you buy wine on food-stamps?