Prohibition Defined: What It Is, and What Happens When It Ends

When most people think of prohibition, they think of the Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. This amendment, ratified on January 16th, 1919, made it illegal to manufacture, transport, or sell intoxicating liquors within the United States. However, prohibition is not just a part of American history, and it is a global phenomenon that has been around for centuries.

Prohibition Definition

Prohibition can be defined as “a law or order forbidding something.” In the case of the Eighteenth Amendment, intoxicating liquors were forbidden.

Prohibition is not always about alcohol. In some countries, prohibition is used to enforce religious laws. For example, in Saudi Arabia, it is illegal to consume alcohol. In Iran, prohibition was used during the Islamic Revolution in 1979 to enforce religious laws.

Prohibition Effects

While prohibition may have started with good intentions, it often leads to negative outcomes. When something is forbidden, people often want it more.

This can increase crime rates as people smuggle prohibited items into the country. Prohibition also leads to corrupt police officers and government officials, as they are paid to look the other way or enforce the laws.

More Prohibition Examples

Prohibition examples are everywhere, and we see them in our personal lives, in the news, and even in history. There are many different types of prohibition examples, but they all have one thing in common: they’re all attempts to stop something from happening.

Some of the most famous prohibition examples are the prohibition of alcohol and the prohibition of other dangerous chemicals.

Prohibition can also be applied to things that aren’t necessarily harmful. For example, there have been attempts to prohibit certain types of music or art. These attempts are usually made to protect people from exposure to something that might be offensive or disturbing.

When Prohibition Ends

When prohibition ends, as it did with the Twenty-First Amendment on December 15th, 1933, those things that were forbidden become legal again.

The repeal of prohibition in 1933 led the rise of organized crime, as gangs battled for control of the now-legal alcohol industry.

The violence and corruption associated with prohibition helped to discredit the idea of government regulation of vice. It was not long before calls for further deregulation began to be heard.

In subsequent years, many laws and court decisions were passed or issued that weakened enforcement of vice laws.

The end of prohibition and the subsequent weakening of vice laws created a boom in the American gambling industry. Casinos and racetracks sprang up across the country, and gambling became a popular pastime.

Prohibition In Religion

There are many religions in the world, and they each have their form of prohibition. Some religions prohibit drinking alcohol, while others prohibit eating pork. Still, others prohibit certain sexual practices or dress codes. Every religion has its own set of rules that members are expected to follow.

Prohibition Of Alcohol In The Bible

The Bible does not expressly prohibit alcohol. There are, however, a few passages that could be interpreted as banning alcohol.

Ephesians 5:18 says, “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery.”

However, many passages in the Bible condone the use of alcohol.

For example, Proverbs 31:6–7 says, “Give strong drink to the one who is perishing, and wine to those in bitter distress. Let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more”.

Prohibition Herb

The Bible does not prohibit herbs. The only thing that it says about herbs is that they are suitable for food (Genesis 1:29). There is no indication that God intended for us to use them medicinally.

The Bible explicitly mentions certain plants for medicinal purposes (Luke 8:43; Matthew 9:20–21; Revelation 22:2). Therefore, it is excellent for Christians to use herbs for medicinal purposes.

Final Thought On Prohibition

Though it was short-lived, prohibition had a lasting impact on American society and culture. The prohibition period taught Americans about the dangers of alcohol and the need for regulation.

It also led to the development of new technologies like refrigeration and the soda fountain that helped make America one of the most prosperous countries in the world. Though prohibition ultimately failed as a policy, it left a legacy still felt today.

Originally published at on March 27, 2022.



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