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Libertarians generally cite this as a failure, because it was repealed. Yet the actual history shows that prohibition achieved many of its goals, and was repealed because voter priorities changed in the Great Depression.


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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