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"On This Day in American History"



Comment... I think about this law and wonder how this country would be if no one drank and really understood what Alcohol does the body. If more people looked at the science of the human metabolism I think less people would drink.. I'll be short here.. The human body is made of 65 % water.. You cannot mix alcohol with water.. If there was no drinking less people would die.

On this day in 1919 the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, prohibiting the “manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors for beverage purposes,” is ratified and becomes the law of the land. The movement for the prohibition of alcohol began in the early 19th century, when Americans concerned about the adverse effects of drinking began forming temperance societies. By the late 19th century, these groups had become a powerful political force, campaigning on the state level and calling for total national abstinence. In December 1917, the 18th Amendment, also known as the Prohibition Amendment, was passed by Congress and sent to the states for ratification. Prohibition took effect in January 1919. Nine months later, Congress passed the Volstead Act, or National Prohibition Act, over President Woodrow Wilson’s veto. The Volstead Act provided for the enforcement of prohibition, including the creation of a special unit of the Treasury Department. Despite a vigorous effort by law-enforcement agencies, the Volstead Act failed to prevent the large-scale distribution of alcoholic beverages, and organized crime flourished in America. In 1933, the 21st Amendment to the Constitution was passed and ratified, repealing prohibition.
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kabuldur
Jan. 17th, 2017 10:19 am (UTC)
Unfortunately alcohol is too easy to make and can be made from practically any plant material, so outlawing it didn't work. I don't drink and I see what it does to others. I think education is the key. But there will always be rebellion and self-harm, unfortunately.
spikesgirl58
Jan. 17th, 2017 11:48 am (UTC)
Considering how much I enjoy a glass of wine with my dinner and the fact that I live in the wine region of my state, something like this would not go over well.

And as the government learned before, you can say something is prohibited, but it's much harder to enforce it.
tyler306
Jan. 17th, 2017 01:15 pm (UTC)
I know.. Just look the drug epidemic that is killing millions.. My job is to set an example and if just one person listens and learns I have done my job...

Edited at 2017-01-17 01:29 pm (UTC)
spikesgirl58
Jan. 17th, 2017 02:45 pm (UTC)
Being responsible is always a beautiful thing. I used to tell my students that I would never ask them to work harder than me, but that I demanded they work as hard as me. Lead by example.
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