Honduras new dry Sunday law has come into effect in an effort to curb the violence that is sweeping the country. On the world stage Honduras is a relatively small country of around eight million people, but Honduras is leading the world with a murder rate 12 times higher than the global average.
On average 14 people are killed in the country each day and San Pedro Sula had the dubious honour of being declared the most violent city in the world for a second year in a row in 2013. Tourists are warned heavily about the risks of visiting the mainland and are especially advised to never head out at night as it is quite dangerous.
This is due to many factors including poverty, drug cartels and political unrest but it is a well-known fact that alcohol abuse and violence/aggression go hand in hand, and is a major source of problems in the Central American country. The restriction of the sale of alcohol could go a long way in seeing a decrease in crime in a place where violence is commonplace.
Currently, the restriction on alcohol sales in Honduras is from 5pm on Sunday nights through to 6am Monday morning. Officials hope to see a drop in violent crime including domestic violence, vehicular accidents and homicides. Indeed, on a smaller scale, when alcohol restriction was introduced into the Brazilian city of Diadema in 2002, the city saw a decrease of nearly nine murders a month.
Also, this would have a positive impact on the health of the country. Honduras’s new dry law will also have the added benefit of helping its citizens lead healthier lives, encouraging people to find ways to enjoy their time alcohol free.
The medical benefits of moderation have been proven time and time again, drinking less lowers the risk of heart problems, the risk of stroke and liver damage to name a few. Which in turn places less pressure on hospitals and families.
While some people have the voiced reservations about the effectiveness of such a law (mostly about the effect on tourism in the islands), the reality is that something must be done to help the people affected by alcohol abuse in Honduras, the potential of this new law is too great to not try, as this is a country which desperately needs help with its alcohol related violence problems.
It may take some time for the change to become openly accepted, but hopefully the positive benefits will not take too long to start being noticed.