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Prohibition did not achieve its goals Instead it added to the problems it was intended to solve Thorton 15 On the midnight of January 16 1920 one of the personal habits and customs of most Americans came to a halt The Eighteenth Amendment was put into affect and all importing exporting transporting selling and manufacturing of intoxicating liquor was put to an end Shortly following the enactment of the Eighteenth Amendment the National Prohibition Act or the Volstead Act as it was called because of its author Andrew J Volstead was put into effect This determined intoxicating liquor as anything having an alcoholic content of more than 05 percent omitting alcohol used for medicinal or sacramental purposes This act also set up guidelines for enforcement Prohibition was meant to reduce the amount of consumption seen by some as the devils advocate and thereby reduce crime poverty death rates and improve the economy and the quality of life National prohibition of alcohol the noble experiment was undertaken to reduce crime and corruption solve social problems reduce the tax burden created by prisons and poorhouses and improve health and hygiene in America Thorton 143 This however was undoubtedly to no avail The prohibition amendment of the 1920s was ineffective because it was unenforceable it caused the explosive growth crime and it increased the amount of alcohol consumptionIt is impossible to tell whether prohibition is good thing or a bad thing It has never been enforced in this country LaGuardia 169 After the Volstead Act was into place to determine specific laws and methods of enforcement the Federal Prohibition Bureau was formulated in order to see that the Volstead Act was enforced Nevertheless bootleggers and commoners alike flagrantly violated these laws Bootleggers smuggled liquor from overseas and Canada stole it from government warehouses and produced their own Many people hid their liquor in hip flasks false books hollow canes anything else that they could find There were also
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