Mulger bill wrote:Wot? Like the binge drinkers? The smokers? The rock fishermen? The moto riders in shorts and thongs?
Why some and not others? Why do other, commonly not as well off as ours countries not have a problem with this?
Where do we draw the line?
Yes, exactly like that. Those guys are also transferring costs of their "personal" choices onto everyone else.
That is why we draw lines. We do it all the time. Motorcyclists have to wear a heavy helmet and hold a license. Smoking is banned in workplaces, and discouraged generally. Rock fishing is banned in some spots, usually following a drowning.
This is not always governmental line-drawing; I'm pretty sure my wife would kill me if I decided to take up smoking. Why? Because my "personal choice" would impose a cost on her.
This stuff is always up for discussion, but it's entirely possible to set expectations, standards, or laws regarding "personal" choices that actually affect other people in your family, community, or country.