Posted on 12/06/2017 at 01:59 PM by Troy Cummings
The End of Prohibition
December 5, 2017 marks the 84th anniversary of the ratification of the 21st Amendment; the repeal of Prohibition. Prohibition, established by the 18th Amendment in 1919, was an attempt to eliminate what many people saw as the evils of alcohol by making it illegal to manufacture, transport, or sell alcohol in the United States. Known as the “Noble Experiment,” Prohibition actually led to an increase in organized crime and police corruption. Black markets and “speakeasies” quickly emerged to satisfy the demand for alcohol, and criminals such as Al Capone used the profits from illegal alcohol sales to bribe law enforcement officers to look the other way — not exactly the result the temperance lobby was looking for!
Congress proposed an amendment to repeal Prohibition in February 1933, and the ratification by three-fourths of the states was completed by December 5th, just in time for the holidays.
This holiday season, we would like to remind everyone that while alcohol is legal these days, we still need to be smart about how we use it. It may be tempting to drink more while enjoying time with family and friends, but if you do, please have a designated sober driver to take you home. The CDC says that 28 people in the United States die every day in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver – that’s one death every 51 minutes.
We want everyone to have a safe and happy holiday season, so please, celebrate the holidays – and the repeal of Prohibition – responsibly.
Written by Jen Casebolt, Accounting Assistant