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Very good study on prohibition and its historical context.

Some points from it: Prohibition did lower alcohol consumption and had lasting effects in those who came at age during it. The prohibition was much more severe then its supporters understood, in that it banned all sales of alcohol, closing the common loophole in dry communities -  ordering it from somewhere else and drinking it in the privacy of your own home. As such it was it was perceived as undemocratic and oppressive.

Opposition arose and in particular the cultural meaning of drinking alcoholic beverages changed to something rebellious. But this opposition was not succesful in changing prohibition.

Then the great depression struck and priorities changed. Taxing alcohol to pay for new programs became important and thus alcohol was de-criminalized. Organised crime moved on to other pursuits.

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by A swedish kind of death on Fri Jan 11th, 2008 at 03:24:00 PM EST
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