Essay by vols101High School, 11th gradeA+, December 2003

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In 1920-1933 Prohibition of alcohol occurred. Known as the "noble experiment", it was sought to reduce drinking by doing away with the businesses that manufactured, distributed, and sold alcoholic beverages. It started because of crime and corruption, social problems, the prisons and poorhouses created a tax burden, and to improve the health and hygiene of Americans. Many leaders of our country also believed this and that's why it was put into affect. "The reign of tears is over. The slums will soon be a memory. We will turn our prisons into factories and our jails into storehouses and corncribs. Men will walk upright now, women will smile and children will laugh. Hell will be forever for rent," The Reverend Billy Sunday said. Alcohol was thought of back then like drugs are thought of today, that made the prison and court systems chaos, the drinking would make people want to experiment with other drugs too.

If Prohibition was a law today people and the way they lived would be different. People's lives are ruined by alcohol because of things they do with their money to buy the alcohol and how dependant they are on it. They don't realize how much it affects their lives but it doesn't hurt just them, but the people that are involved in there lives. I don't necessarily think alcohol is bad, but it gets bad when people start abusing it. It wasn't made to get people "trashed", "hammered", or drunk; it was made to be drunk with a meal, and when people start feeling it that's when they stop. But people of the world today don't see it that way, neither did the people back then, they abused the drug and that's why people wanted it prohibited.

Alcohol back then was also thought of how...