Alcoholism In The United States

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Alcoholism, the 3rd health related drug problem in the United States. A research on alcohol concluded that “Seven in ten adults or one hundred million Americans, ages eighteen and up are estimated to be drinkers” (Raby). In addition, approximately “10 million of the one hundred million Americans” have developed alcoholism (Raby). Around the late 18th century temperance movements to abolish alcohol were created, eventually abolishing alcohol through the 18th amendment, also known as the Volstead Act which stated “… beverage purposes is hereby prohibited.” (Raby). Unfortunately, it did not last very long, instead of solving problems, it created more. Crime organization, increase growth in bootlegging and consumptions erupted due to the inability…show more content…
One major increase due to the temperance movement was bootlegging, smuggling in alcohol from Mexico, Canada, or overseas. Smugglers would bribe “law enforcement, and sneaking the beer into speakeasies and other places of beer flow.”, corrupting the police and turning their business into crime (Rockaway). Once the alcohol made it past the US, smugglers would pay off “shopkeepers”, “store clerks”, and “businessmen” to hide and sell booze, making it easy for man to obtain everywhere (Rockaway). This smuggling business turned into a dangerous crime because gangs and mobs were being created, increasing the corruption in the United…show more content…
Vandalism and burglary increased by “24%”, totaling around “560% rise” of lawbreakers during the prohibition period (Levine). The Prohibition became a time of crime because the mobs had connections into the “police, political, and business world of the nation”, the necessities for the mobs to operate (Levine). Mobs usually carried around 100 men to protect their operations like “drivers”, “messengers”, and “guards” (Levine). Increasing death rates “1,064 to 4,154” due to mobs black market activities, and a corrupted enforcement that ignored the issues. This became a major problem in the United states because the people no longer felt safe or trust the law enforcement. As crimes increased, so did the
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