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Prohibition did not achieve its goals Instead it added to the problems it was intended to solve On Midnight of January 16 1920 one of the personal habits and customs of most Americans suddenly came to a halt The Eighteenth Amendment was put into effect 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 anything more than 05 percent omitting alcohol used for medicinal and sacramental purposes This act also set up guidelines for enforcement Prohibition was meant to reduce the consumption of alcohol 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 This however was undoubtedly to no avail The Prohibition amendment of the 1920s was ineffective because it was unenforceable it caused the explosive growth of crime and it increased the amount of alcohol consumption It is immpossible to tell whether prohibition is a good thing or a bad thing It has never been enforced in this country After the Volstead Act was put 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 these laws were flagrantly violated by bootleggers and commoners alike Bootleggers smuggled liquor from oversees and Canada stole it from government warehouses and produced their own Many people hid their liquor in hip flasks false books hollow canes and anything else they could find
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