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Why Alcohol Should Be Legal
Kaley Weiron 15 November 2012
Transcript of Why Alcohol Should Be Legal
and Stephen Wojcik Alcohol Should Be Legal "'Everyone knows' that Prohibition failed because americans did not stop drinking following the ratification of the Eighteenth Amendment" (Blocker). Prohibition Failed... Prohibition In the 1820's, an anti alcohol women's group helped the movement of making alcohol illegal. However, this did not effect the consumption, sales, or production of alcohol, without the consent of the law
("Prohibition" 606-607). Although the distillation of alcohol was illegal under the new amendment, this did not effect the views of most men. They still made their own alcohol, and called it moonshine
("Prohibition" 606-607). When alcohol was illegal, the crime rate tremendously increased. (Alcohol Prohibition and Drug Prohibition). INCREASED CRIME "Police funding: INCREASED $11.4 Million
Arrests for Prohibition Las Violations: INCREASED 102+%
Arrests for Drunkenness and Disorderly Conduct: INCREASED 41%
Arrests of Drunken Drivers: INCREASED 81%
Thefts and Burglaries: INCREASED 9%
Homicides, Assault, and Battery: INCREASED 13%
Number of Federal Convicts: INCREASED 561%
Federal Prison Population: INCREASED 366%
Total Federal Expenditures on Penal Institutions: INCREASED 1,000% " (Organized Crime and Prohibition). Alcohol Should Be Legal "The conclusive proof of prohibition's failure is, of course, the fact the Eighteenth Amendment became the Constitutional amendment to be repealed" (Blocker). They also had illegal saloons or bars, where the moonshine was sold. If they were caught selling or drinking this product, they would be imprisoned
("Prohibition 606-607). The supply was scarce, therefore, the demand for alcohol grew9Alcohol Prohibition and Drug Prohibition). Prohibition was intended to improve, even to ennoble, the lives of all Americans, to protect individuals, families, and society at large from the devastating effects of alcohol abuse" (Prohibition). These reasons include: increased crime rates, illegal activities, and a rise dangerous encounters. The researches conclude that alcohol, for various reasons, should be legal. WORKS CITED "Alcohol Prohibition and Drug Prohibition." Alcohol Prohibition and Drug Prohibition. Lessons from Alcohol Policy for Drug Policy. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Nov. 2012. <http://www.cedro-uva.org/lib/levine.alcohol.html>.
Blocker, Jack S., PhD. "Did Prohibition Really Work?" Ncbi.nim.nin.gov. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Nov. 2012.
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