February 15, 2006

GOD BLESS YOU, ANDY VOLSTEAD:

In Brazil, partial prohibition: Violence dropped sharply in Diadema after a ban on late-night sales of alcohol. (Andrew Downie, 2/16/06, The Christian Science Monitor)

The long arm of the law has been preaching - and enforcing - prohibition in Diadema for four years now. Under a bold and controversial bill passed in 2002 to combat the alcohol-fueled bloodshed that made this industrial city one of the most violent in Brazil, authorities banned the serving of liquor after 11 p.m. in almost all the city's 4,800 bars and restaurants. [...]

The effect has been stunning.

"The number of murders fell by 47.4 percent in Diadema between 2002 and 2005," said Regina Miki, the city's social services secretary. "The number of road accidents fell by 30 percent. The number of assaults against women fell by 55 percent. And the number of alcohol-related hospital admissions fell by 80 percent.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 15, 2006 6:09 PM
Comments

And ethanol production is rising.

Posted by: Genecis at February 15, 2006 6:47 PM

It worked the oter way in Britian.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at February 15, 2006 11:17 PM

Robert:

No, it didn't. The Brits just began broken-window policing when they left the pubs open. If they closed them and did the samne policing they'd have Brazilian declines in crime.

Posted by: oj at February 16, 2006 7:45 AM
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