Some argue that the prohibition is a success because it did half the alcohol consumption and gained status for women. Home stills were technically illegal, but Americans found they could purchase them at many hardware stores, while instructions for distilling could be found in public libraries in pamphlets issued by the U.
At first glance, the evidence seems to suggest that the quantity consumed did indeed decrease. A crowd gathers on Broadway to celebrate the repeal of prohibition after midnight in New York City, April 7, It could be argued that Prohibition increased the demand for alcohol among three groups.
A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded. The largest distillery ever uncovered in Detroit was raided and prohibition officers are seen inspecting tanks and vats in one part of the plant, in January In Januarythe Eighteenth Amendment had been ratified by 36 states, and that October, the Volstead Act — passed over President Woodrow Wilson's attempted veto — gave the federal authorities the power to stop the manufacture, sale or importation of "intoxicating liquor".
That same year, Prohibition agent Eliot Ness began to investigate Capone's affairs, and in October — after Capone's efforts to nobble the jury had been defeated — he was sentenced to 11 years for tax evasion.
Drinking was a tradition Americans have been doing for many generations. Wayne H. The additional resources greatly expanded the enforcement of Prohibition. In addition to patent medicines, consumers switched to narcotics, hashish, tobacco, and marijuana.
Could they have revised the law to make it more effective? First, the decrease was not very significant.