"The reign of tears is over. The slums will soon be a memory. We will turn our prisons into factories and our jails into storehouses and corncribs. Men will walk upright now, women will smile and children will laugh. Hell will be forever for rent." words spoken by Billy Sunday, beginning of the prohibition law. I believe, prohibition was a very poor choice that the government made for the country; One because people who owned breweries, distilleries, and saloons lost their main source of income. In addition, smoking and drinking habits worsened. Finally, crime increased.
First of all, the idea of prohibition, was a recipe for disaster from the beginning. This is because; owners of breweries, distilleries and saloons lost their source of income. These people had two choices, one find another job, or work illegally to produce alcohol. Many of them chose option number two, because no one wanted to hire a “devil seeker”. These owners were not the only ones to lose out, restaurants and entertainment places lost their income because no one went out to drink in public.The government also lost a lot of money; an exact eleven billion dollars because alcohol was a big source for tax money and at that moment all the alcohol was being made under the table, meaning no tax money was taken out. also a little amount of alcohol costed a lot more.
In addition, smoking and drinking habits got worse, illegalizing alcohol made people want it more. They wanted it so badly, people would make it themselves. Doing this was very bad because the alcohol could be tampered with and be made wrong. Drinking tampered or “wood” alcohol resulted in over 10,000 deaths and other people were permanently blinded or had severe organ damage. Instead of going out, many stayed home to drink, when they did go out it was to get drunk and have a great time.
Finally, in New York city between the years 1921 to 1923; 7,000 people were arrested by police and only 27 were