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Prohibition Essay

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ProhibitionIn 1920-1933 Prohibition of alcohol occurred. Known as the "noble experiment", it was sought to reduce drinking by doing away with the businesses that manufactured, distributed, and sold alcoholic beverages. It started because of crime and corruption, social problems, the prisons and poorhouses created a tax burden, and to improve the health and hygiene of Americans. Many leaders of our country also believed this and that's why it was put into affect. "The reign of tears is over. The slums will soon be a memory. We will turn our prisons into factories and our jails into storehouses and corncribs. Men will walk upright now, women will smile and children will laugh. Hell will be forever for rent," ...view middle of the document...

I don't necessarily think alcohol is bad, but it gets bad when people start abusing it. It wasn't made to get people "trashed", "hammered", or drunk; it was made to be drunk with a meal, and when people start feeling it that's when they stop. But people of the world today don't see it that way, neither did the people back then, they abused the drug and that's why people wanted it prohibited.Alcohol back then was also thought of how we think of drugs today, all though alcohol is considered a drug itself. People had to smuggle it in from Canada or pretty much any other place out of the United States, which made it harder for people to get. Bootleggers such as Al Capone made it a little easier to get in the United States. Bootleggers were people who made alcohol illegally. They made liquor that was a lot stronger then regular liquor and people wanted that more. Fisher, the preeminent academic supporter of Prohibition, said "I am credibly informed that a very conservative reckoning would set the poisonous effects of bootleg beverages as compared with medicinal liquors at ten to one; that is, it requires only a tenth as much bootleg liquor as of pre-prohibition liquor to produce a given degree of drunkenness. The reason, of course, is that bootleg liquor is so concentrated and almost invariably contains other and more deadly poisons than mere ethyl alcohol."Drinking then also made people want to experiment with other drugs such as: opium, marijuana, patent medicines, cocaine, and other dangerous substances that they probably would have never even thought of doing.

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