Alcohol Regulations Essay

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What led to the Three-Tier Alcohol Distribution system was popularized belief that alcohol was the problem for the nation’s poverty, crime, violence and other ills. The temperance movement thought that prohibition would be the solution. Upon ratification of the Eighteenth amendment or prohibition, the famous evangelist Billy Sunday said that “The slums will soon be only a memory. We will turn our prisons into factories and our jails into storehouses and corncribs.” (www.wikipedia .org/wiki/Alcohol during and after prohibition) Before the prohibition, large breweries had their own saloons. If you wanted a specific kind of beer, you went to that particular saloon. The large breweries practiced anti competitiveness by requiring retailers to …show more content…
Prohibition was known as the noble experiment. The results of that experiment are clear, innocent people suffered, organized crime grew into an empire; Local, State and federal officials became increasingly corrupt. Disrespect for the law grew: and the per capita consumption of the prohibited substance alcohol increased dramatically, year by year for thirteen years (only nine of those years were found reported) of this Noble experiment, never to return to the pre-1920 levels. (Peter McWilliams & prelude press 1996, www.mcwilliams.com)
Although prohibition seemed like a good idea at the time, it turned out not so good. People replaced taverns with speakeasies, which were hidden nightclubs that were owned by gangsters, and ran by women that were called flappers, which were women who wore short dresses and bobbed their hair; they drank whiskey and smoked cigarettes. People could divulge themselves with illegal booze without the worries of being arrested. During Prohibition there was much more immorality involved at the places people drank there alcohol. The atmosphere at speakeasies was much different from the environment at saloons. Saloons were establishments that normally supported a bar and a few gambling tables. The environment at Saloons was normally fairly calm and there was generally no major conflict. At saloons, except for the occasional showgirl it was mainly a male environment. Speakeasies however were a different story. There tended to be more women at

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