The Eighteenth amendment was very controversial when it was brought up in 1917. After the 36 required states ratified it, prohibition went in affect in 1920. This made any drink with more then .5 percent alcohol illegal to manufacture, possess, or transport. This had many impacts on the people of this time both for the good and some that did not turn out so good.
With prohibition came many positive impacts. One of the things that I see being the most important is a cut down in domestic violence cases. Another big positive outcome was no money being spent on alcohol and more money being spent on consumer goods. Along with this was people became healthier from not drinking as much alcohol and had more money to spend on their families. In the end there was many positive outcomes of prohibition, but the negative impacts affected the people just as much.
During this prohibition period there were many negative things that led to people just not following the law at all. One of the biggest affects from this was the rise in bribery among public officials to have the law enforcement look the other way. Along with this there was also a lot of jobs lost in the alcohol industry throughout the country. Anyone from makers of alcohol to bartenders found themselves jobless because of this. The government even hurt themselves with this losing tax money for both the state and federal government.
In the end prohibition came to and end and had a impact on history as we know it. I think with it came both positive and negative outcomes that we will always look back on. I do not think the government should have ever passed any type of legislation like this and was something that put a lot of mistrust in the government by the people. Overall I think this is something that we learned from and will continue to make improvements off these decisions.
Keene, Jennifer D., et al. Visions of America: a history of the United States. Pearson, 2017 (Chapter 21.2.2)