Although the intention was good prohibition actually negatively affected the populations’ health because they turned to hard liquor instead of beer. While the supply of alcohol drastically decreased the demand remained the same. Due to the ban on importing or manufacturing of alcoholic beverages in the U.S, it became more difficult to get beverages containing lower amounts of alcohol (e.g. Beer and wine) while getting hard liquor became easier because it was easier to manufacture and smuggle across borders into the country. The higher alcohol content in hard liquor was more effective for getting drunk yet it also took its toll on the population’s health.
However, after legalization, these drugs would be much more widely and easily available. Not only will they be more available for adults, but they will also be available for the American youth. Legalization of illegal drugs could cause a pediatric pandemic of drug abuse and addiction. For example, 87% of high school seniors report using alcohol, more than half in the past month. Opposite the high rates of alcohol and tobacco use by teenagers, only 18% of seniors use illicit drugs, which are illegal for the entire society.
Daniel Miller Professor Powlette ENC 1101 31 October 2012 The Strong Addiction The illegal drug methamphetamine should not be used because of the negative mental, physical, and health consequences. Methamphetamine is highly addictive drug, which means it is hard to stop using once you start. This is compounded by the fact that meth is easier to get than other illegal street drugs and is sometimes cheaper. Methamphetamine is a crystal-like substance that sometimes comes in large rock-like chunks; it is usually white or slightly yellow, depending on the cooking process. This drug can be smoked, snorted, injected, or swallowed.
In fact, alcohol consumption reached an all time high during the Prohibition. Between the years 1919 and 1922 there was a small decrease in consumption, but by 1925 arrests for public drunkenness and other alcohol related offenses surpassed those of Pre-prohibition records. It is hard to quantify just how much alcoholism worsened during the Prohibition, but it is evident that it engendered a culture of defiance that was increasingly geared around the consumption of alcohol. Because alcohol that was consumed during the time was not industrially distilled, there were many more health risks involved in its consumption that there had been prior to Prohibition. There were two main ways alcohol was illegally distilled: from “scratch” or by distilling denatured industrial alcohol.
However in the long-run, this price raise is not enough to make people quit smoking so since cigarettes are a demerit good, it will have a negative effect on the environment and it will increase the number of health issues from second hand smoke, not to mention the high unemployment rate and less taxes for the government. Work Cited: BusinessDictionary.com. 2013. What is inelastic demand? definition and meaning.
“Mothers Against Drunk Driving claim the higher drinking age is responsible for a decline in annual alcohol-related deaths, from 26,173 in 1982 to 16,885 in 2005...” (Boston University, 2013). Although this decline is also related to other factors, such as safer vehicles and highway design, it undoubtedly accounts for most of
An average of 17,000 individuals die each year in drink driving related deaths. The numbers have come down slightly , for example, in 2010 10,228 individuals died from drink driving related fatalities, drink driving continues to be an enormously important public safety issue. What is more, drinking and driving is strongly correlated with youth. After the age of 25, the drink driving rates rapidly decrease. It seems quite plausible that were alcohol to be illegal for those under the age of 18, the 15.1% of 18 to 20 year olds who drink before getting behind the wheel would decrease significantly.
Although the demand of alcohol is relatively inelastic, the demand of a specific drink, pre-mixed alcohol is relatively elastic since consumers can simply find other alcohol drinks like rum-coke as a substitution. Q1Q2 amount of consumers who give up pre-mixed drinks will not just give up alcohol. Instead, they change to other kinds of alcohol drinks, which will still lead them to the negative consequences like hurting themselves after getting drunk. The tax on one specific kind of alcohol drink is then avoided by the teenagers. This is the reason why the alcohol-related visit to hospital doesn't really reduce even after the heavy tax.
MADD was supported by those individuals who had suffered the loss of a loved one due to a drunk driver and wanted a safer future. The goal of the program initially was to lower drunk driving traffic deaths and because of this organization there has been a high number of people that disapprove of others that drive while intoxicated. There is a dramatic drop in alcohol related deaths much due to the efforts of the MADD organization (Canada Safety Council 2003). The most significant problem in lowering drunk driving deaths consists of the most drastic alcoholic drivers who continuously drive with high concentration of alcohol in their blood stream. A Social Problem In America alone people take about two hundred and thirty three trips in cars each year, of all these, one out of two thousand of these trips are being taken by drunk or drugged individuals.
Depressant drugs don’t always have to make you feel ‘depressed’ but they slow down the activity of the central nervous system. They slow down the messages going to and from the brain and the body. Alcohol can have many effects on your brain because it can have a toxic effect on your nervous system (CNS) which can result in changes to your metabolism, heart functioning and blood supply. And alcohol Interferes and stops our brain from absorbing vitamin B1 (thiamine), which is a brain nutrient which is an important part to the brain. Alcohol can also lead to falls and accidents that can cause serious harm to your brain.