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The best source I can find is
http://alcoholism.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ&sdn=alcoholism&cdn=health&tm= 17&f=00&su=p726.2.152.ip_p284.8.150.ip_&tt=2&bt=1&bts=1&zu=http%3A//www.niaa a.nih.gov/Resources/DatabaseResources/QuickFacts/AlcoholSales/consum01.htm

and it doesn't really support my assertion.

Alcohol consumption pre-prohibition peaked at 2.6 gallons/capita 1906-1910.  There was a slow rise in consumption post prohibition and this peak was exceeded in each year 1973-1985 but consumption has since declined to the 2.14 - 2.24 range (rising in recent years).  Ironically the alcohol consumption had declined significantly to 1.96 gallons/capita in years leading up to Prohibition.

Of course these are official figures (which would exclude bootleg) and there is no data for the prohibition years 1920-33 themselves although there are contemporary accounts claiming alcohol consumption actually increased in this period.

You could argue therefore that based on the experience with alcohol, an end to hard drugs prohibition would result in a slow increase in "legal" hard drugs use which could peak beyond current "illegal" use but might well decline thereafter.

However the lack of hard data during the prohibition period would make it hard to evidence this conclusively.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Jan 8th, 2008 at 05:01:36 PM EST
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