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“Prohibition succeeded in replacing good beer with bad gin.” (Digital History) The 18th Amendment was put to use to prohibit the sale and the intake of alcoholic beverages. However, by passing the 18th Amendment, the government ultimately helped to contribute to the downfall of American culture and the increase in the crime rate. People no longer wanted to be involved in public activities away from their homes. These, along with others, were all the effects of the government enforcing the amendment, essentially deciding what the people could or could not drink.
On the midnight of January 16, 1920, the United States went dry; this was the beginning of the Prohibition. (Digital History) The 18th Amendment was first suggested and led by the Anti-saloon League and the Women’s Christian Temperature Union. The women felt that the alcoholic beverages were the main causes of wife beating, child abuse, and it impacted the labor productivity. They thought that by making alcohol illegal to consume, it would lower the abuse rate. On the other hand, many Americans viewed alcohol like beer and wine as part of their culture. Alcohol had become so deeply united into American society that there were more saloons than schools, libraries, theaters, parks, or churches.
Any alcoholic beverage with more than .5 percent was defined “intoxicating beverages”. (Digital History). The 18th amendment was supposed to eliminate corruption and end machine politics while helping immigrants adjust to American cultures and customs. The prohibition caused not only political but also economic problems; some of these were the loss of many jobs in places such as breweries, distilleries, and saloons. Andrew Volstead, chairman of the House of Judiciary Committee, wrot...

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...stopping the consumption of alcohol. The passing of the Amendment only increased the amount of illegal alcohol trafficking, and corruption in American society by raising crime rates and upsetting many people from many different states.

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