Alcohol Prohibition

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Libertarians generally cite this as a failure, because it was repealed. Yet the actual history shows that prohibition achieved many of its goals, and was repealed because voter priorities changed in the Great Depression.

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Did Prohibition Really Work? Alcohol Prohibition as a Public Health Innovation [More...]
Popular understanding of Prohibition succeeded in destroying alcohol-based institutions, and changed drinking habits to much lower consumption levels. "Thinking of Prohibition as a public health innovation offers a potentially fruitful path toward comprehending both the story of the dry era and the reasons why it continues to be misunderstood."

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