Prohibition: Did it actually decrease the number of alcoholics?
- KatieCLv 54 months agoFavourite answer
Nope. It did create a dangerous black market, though.
- PAMELALv 74 months ago
No, it was found that more people drank during prohibition, tell someone that they cannot do something and they want to do it.
- Anonymous4 months ago
"Some research indicates that alcohol consumption declined substantially due to Prohibition. Rates of liver cirrhosis, alcoholic psychosis, and infant mortality also declined. Prohibition's effect on rates of crime and violence is disputed. "
- Sir CausticLv 74 months ago
Oh, yes. Yes, it did. Prohibition really worked. It really stopped folks from taking the liquor. Not only that, society itself got more peaceful. Yes, that whole Prohibition thing worked out really well, just as it's doing to this day with that War on Drugs thing. Hope this helped.
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- larry1Lv 64 months ago
No, and quite opposite data from scholarly works from years ago (you'd have to find them now) showed it actually increased alcohol abuse/ alcoholics. That people who otherwise would have been normal drinkers became alcoholics because they had to score it and store it in quantity, that they would then consume on binge, and thus get addicted. Whereas, if they consumed a small regular supply at the local bar it would not have happened.
But....Prohibition was not to stop alcoholism it was to stop 'sin'. It was a evangelical religious movement that equated all 'sin' as being caused by the 'demon' alcohol.
Of course it didn't stop sin either but increased it 20 times by creating organized crime, the mafia, gangsters, organized prostitution, soaring gun and crime rates etc.
- martinLv 74 months ago
The Roaring Twenties of bathtub gin and speakeasies saw just as high a percentage of alcoholics back then as now.
- RobertLv 74 months ago
Nope. It just brought them underground to drink and took a fortune out of the tax receipts.