by Staff Writer - A. Heinzman | June 14, 2012

Prohibition refers to the deliberate actions of a society preventing the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages. The restriction of alcohol has been observed by many different societies throughout history. Many countries still prohibit the sale of alcohol with some countries even prohibiting the consumption of alcohol. Prohibition existed in the United States from 1920 to 1933.

Various temperance movements have existed throughout human history. In the United States, various temperance movements and religious organizations demanded prohibition of alcohol. Prohibition policies entered the politics of the United States and eventually led to the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution. The Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution outlawed the manufacture and sale of alcohol in the United States. The prohibitionists championed the ban of alcohol as a virtue of morals and health. In reality the effects of prohibition led to the destruction of the United States wine industry, an increase in organized crime and an increase of corruption with political circles. Prohibition also came to be unpopularity viewed as an illustration of class distinction. Wealthy individuals could afford to obtain wine from overseas sources where the poor had no such resource. Prohibition came to an end in 1933 with the Twenty-first Amendment to the Constitution.

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