Is Drinking Going Out of Style? Yes, says The Economist

In an article in The Economist special New Year issue for 2020, Slavea Chankova writes about the 100th anniversary of Prohibition and how drinking is changing. Read the entire interesting article here. 

“THE VOLSTEAD ACT to establish Prohibition in America, a ban on alcohol which lasted nearly 14 years, took effect in 1920. Now, a century later, it is seen as proof (as it were) that trying to ban drinking, when it is already popular, is not a good idea. Prohibition gave rise to organised crime, as mafia gangs made fortunes from bootlegging. Enforcement of the ban was feeble because it lacked popular support. According to one estimate, there were at least 20,000 illegal bars in New York City during Prohibition. When police in Denver raided a bar, they found the local congressman, the mayor and the sheriff having a drink.

Yet Prohibition is still around, and not just in the Muslim world. In America it exists in nearly 500 predominantly evangelical counties, including that of Lynchburg, Tennessee—the hometown of Jack Daniel’s whiskey (visitors to the distillery can take home a “commemorative” bottle of the stuff). Even so, in most places governments merely try to dissuade people from drinking by making alcohol more expensive through taxes, and restricting its sale and advertising. Such policies work. But drinking is now in decline for an unrelated reason: a shift in social norms among young people, which is charting a new future for alcohol.”

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Published in: on December 21, 2019 at 8:56 am  Comments (1)  

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  1. Very interesting post Mary. After reading this and thinking about it, I can see the trend happening around me. Especially the younger generations desire to lead a healthier lifestyle. Thanks.

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