Social and Economic Effects of Prohibition

October 31, 1928

Report Outline
American Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages
Prohibition and the Wage Earner
Prohibition and Industrial Production
Prohibition and Increased Consumption
Prohibition and the Public Health
Prohibition and Public Conduct
Special Focus

The Eighteenth Amendment and the Volstead act went into force January 16, 1920. The war-time prohibition law, equivalent in effect to the prohibition amendment, went into force July 1, 1919. The country now has lived ten years, lacking eight months, under legal prohibition.

In the present presidential campaign, prohibition has been made a national political issue for the first time in the history of the country - either before or since the adoption of the prohibition amendment. The results of the forthcoming election, notwithstanding the complications introduced by other issues, will be regarded in many quarters as giving the verdict of the people, after nearly a decade of experience, upon the national policy toward the liquor traffic which went into force at the close of the war period.

The positions of the presidential candidates of the dominant parties on the prohibition issue were formulated with great care and have not been changed in any material respect during the course of the campaign. Mr. Hoover's position was first set out in a letter to Senator Borah during the course of the Republican pre-convention campaign.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
Dec. 21, 1984  America's New Temperance Movement
Nov. 03, 1943  Liquor Supply and Control
Oct. 04, 1933  Liquor Control after Repeal
Feb. 02, 1933  Preparations for Prohibition Repeal
Aug. 11, 1932  Prohibition After the 1932 Elections
May 16, 1932  Prohibition in the 1932 Conventions
Sep. 25, 1931  Economic Effects of Prohibition Repeal
Feb. 25, 1931  The States and the Prohibition Amendment
Jan. 26, 1931  Validity of the Eighteenth Amendment
Oct. 15, 1930  The Liquor Problem in Politics
Sep. 02, 1929  Reorganization of Prohibition Enforcement
Oct. 31, 1928  Social and Economic Effects of Prohibition
Aug. 07, 1928  Liquor Control in the United States
Apr. 23, 1927  The Prohibition Issue in National Politics
Jun. 05, 1926  Prohibition in the United States
Apr. 21, 1926  Prohibition in Foreign Countries
Jan. 15, 1924  Four Years Under the Eighteenth Amendment
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