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Of the twentieth centurys many attempts to improve society prohibition is our nations most notorious failure Taggert Edward 1 In fact prohibition proved to be little more than a mere innconveiniance to people who drankClark Norman 3 Prohibition of alcohol caused more problems than it cured The interdiction of alcohol use caused criminal activty created dangerous products and instituted a universal disrespect for the law Prohibition transformed average alcohol consuming people into criminals It also made big business of the illegal distribution and production of alcoholic beverages Legitimate companies prospered in the 1920s but not as much as business outside of the law Taggert 1 Prohibitions effect was not less drinking but more drinking accompanied by other dangers such as crime The banning of alcohol reached every level of our society A huge failure of prohibition was that while alcohol was illegal it was still being produced with no government guidelines or quality control According to author Thomas Coffey the death rate from poison liquor was appallingly high throughout the country In 1925 the national death toll was appallingly high throughout the country In 1925 the national death toll was 4154 as compared to 1064 in 1920 And an increasing number of deaths created a public relations problem for the drys because they werent exactly accidental Humorist Will Rogers remarked that governments used to murder by the bullet only Now its by the quart There were few if any production standards if any during prohibition and the potency and quality of products varied greatly making it difficult to predict their effect The production of moonshine during that period was undertaken by an army of amateurs and often could harm or kill the consumer Those products were also likely to contain dangerous adulterants a government requirement for industrial alcohol A number of observers of Prohibition noted that the potency of alcoholic products rose Not only
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