Banning alcohol, while it may have put some wives’ minds at rest, did nothing to aid the economy. In fact, gangsters profited largely by selling illegal alcohol. When alcohol was banned, those who worked in factories lost their jobs. When the money normally made selling liquor (then, about $500 million, annually) vanished from the market, the government was impacted by the loss. Many people already mentioned prohibition-- this, again, would only lead people to produce alcohol illegally where it's production and consumption cannot be monitored. Being produced legally, there is quality control regulating its ingredients and sales can be monitored so it doesn't get into the hands of minors.
There is nothing wrong with consuming alcohol in moderation; in fact, having one or two drinks a day has many health benefits(especially good beer, as well as red wine).
There are alcoholics that cannot control themselves when it comes to alcohol. Banning alcohol will not prevent alcoholics from drinking; it will force them to rely on the illegal activity of acquiring & producing bootlegged alcohol that is not regulated and can be very dangerous.
Education is important-- we should be teaching older teens & young adults to respect and appreciate alcohol in moderation (if they choose to partake), not making it taboo. Making alcohol a forbidden thing only forces kids to binge drink on their own away from parents and responsible adults who can regulate it.
Here is some more information I got from the internet about “the good things about alcohol” (http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091007022605AAXIAN3) by 'Jonathan' “Oh boy, what a question. Alcohol thins blood, therefore some say that 2 drinks/day for men and 1 drink/day for women is beneficial. Red wine has Resveratrol, it is said to benefit the heart. Look for articles on the French Paradox. French people are...