Alcohol Consumption During Prohibition

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Jeffrey A. Miron

Harvard University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Jeffrey Zwiebel

Stanford Graduate School of Business

Date Written: April 1991

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.

Suggested Citation

Miron, Jeffrey A. and Zwiebel, Jeffrey H., Alcohol Consumption During Prohibition (April 1991). NBER Working Paper No. w3675. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1645105

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