Letter: Alcohol abuseby Arnold JagoNews Weekly
, January 26, 2002
In the "Prohibition" era (1919 to 1933), commercial manufacture of alcoholic beverages - but not personal use - was banned in the USA.
During those years deaths from alcohol-related liver disease fell 66 percent - from 29.5 to 10.1 per 100,000 population. (Dr M. H. Moore, Professor of Criminal Justice, Harvard University, New York Herald Tribune
, October 27, 1989)
Arrests for public drunkenness fell 50 percent. Overall consumption fell 50 percent.
When Prohibition was repealed, alcohol consumption jumped 360 percent.
Alcohol now causes 23,000 deaths on American roads annually - and is implicated in over half their murders.
America’s alcohol industry will never again permit a government to introduce Prohibition. Prohibition works too well - arguably the greatest public health success story ever.
Will Australia - having just ended one of its worst years for road deaths - do anything to reduce alcohol availability in pubs, clubs and bottle-shops?Arnold Jago,