November 17, 2002
A WORTHWHILE EXPERIMENT (THOUGH FAILED):Great myths: prohibition had no effect on alcohol drinking (Iain Murray, November 15, 2002, Edge of England's Sword)
Drug legalizers often claim that prohibition did not decrease the amount of alcohol drunk in the US. Rubbish.
Excellent chart found by the always edgy Mr. Murray. What's most interesting though is that people do in fact require such a chart to convince them of the obvious. Suppose for a moment that Prohibition were to return next week. No one would argue that it would "succeed", in the sense of truly prohibiting the consumption of alcohol. However, think of the entire range of settings--from office Christmas parties to sporting events to restaurants--where you may indulge now but would be at least unlikely to given a legal regime forbidding it. The notion that Prohibition had no effect is ludicrous on its face. Posted by Orrin Judd at November 17, 2002 9:05 AM