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Alcohol Consumption During Prohibition

Jeffrey Miron () and Jeffrey Zwiebel

No 3675, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: We estimate the consumption of alcohol during Prohibition using mortality, mental health and crime statistics. We find that alcohol consumption fell sharply at the beginning of Prohibition, to approximately 30 percent of its pre-Prohibition level. During the next several years, however, alcohol consumption increased sharply, to about 60-70 percent of its pre-prohibition level. The level of consumption was virtually the same immediately after Prohibition as during the latter part of Prohibition, although consumption increased to approximately its pre-Prohibition level during the subsequent decade.

Date: 1991-04
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Published as The American Economic Review, Vol. 81, No. 2, pp. 242-247, (May 1991).

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