Andy Lucia asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 4 months ago

Prohibition: Did it actually decrease the number of alcoholics?

7 Answers

  • KatieC
    Lv 5
    4 months ago
    Favourite answer

    Nope. It did create a dangerous black market, though. 

    Lv 7
    4 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.

  • Anonymous
    4 months ago


    "Some research indicates that alcohol consumption declined substantially due to Prohibition.[3][4] Rates of liver cirrhosis, alcoholic psychosis, and infant mortality also declined.[5][3][6] Prohibition's effect on rates of crime and violence is disputed.[7][8][9] "

  • 4 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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  • larry1
    Lv 6
    4 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.


  • martin
    Lv 7
    4 months ago

    The Roaring Twenties of bathtub gin and speakeasies saw just as high a percentage of alcoholics back then as now.

  • Robert
    Lv 7
    4 months ago

    Nope. It just brought them underground to drink and took a fortune out of the tax receipts.

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