preview

The Benefits Of Prohibition

Decent Essays
The 18th Amendment, prohibiting the “manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors,” was passed on January 16, 1919. Exactly a year later, it took effect and the United States was officially a dry country (Finding). There are numerous reasons why prohibition of drugs and alcohol is a good aspects but there are also bad aspects of this amendment. Some benefits of Prohibition include: cutting down numbers of consumers, less distribution, and a greater look on American society. The bad things about Prohibition includes: bootlegging , illegal consumption, and enforcement by law. Does the prohibition or legalization of drugs or alcohol prove to either promote or hinder the advancement of society? Prohibition started due to a movement…show more content…
Some states such as New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts did not enforce the prohibition act of 1920, causing funds to drop to the states for law enforcement agencies(GILDER). The prohibition Caused the rise of organized crime in the United States. Prohibition stated the creation of toxic moonshine, bootleggers used lead coils and lead soldering putting lead in moonshine(PEARSON). Others put additives in moonshine such as iodine and creosote causing blindness or even death. Over 12,000 people died from toxic moonshine Al Capone made over 60 million dollars from Bootlegging that’s 60 million dollars other US citizens lose. Many Bootleggers used Industrial alcohol in Products. The Federal Government started putting more poisonous chemicals in industrial alcohol causing over 10,000 deaths from consumption(PEARSON).Overall there are more negative effects of prohibition in the 1920’s. From poisonous alcohol to enforcement budget cuts it is all negative and is why prohibition failed. Even though prohibition stopped some americans from drinking alcohol it created a new door for new kinds of alcohol to come in to the US. Prohibition is bad in my opinion because it caused unnecessary deaths in america. That sets a final ending to the 18th Amendment in the 1920’s and forever
Get Access