What amendment made drinking alcohol illegal?
Back in the early 20th century, the United States government sought to prohibit alcohol in every way. They believed that alcohol, although vastly popular and a big money maker, impaired workers to the point where production was not where it should be. Congress believed alcohol prompted violent behavior and promoted laziness. They also felt that big time breweries were financially benefitting upon the expense of lower income people buying alcoholic beverages. With this in mind, Congress was able to pass the 18th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution on January 16, 1919 in an effort to deter this upbringing. The amendment, although didn't ban the consumption of alcohol, it banned the making of alcoholic beverages, and prohibited the distribution/sale of such products. This led to the Prohibition era, where underground syndicate crimewaves rose to power, and public outcry began. The amendment saw short term success with overall crime decreasing, but the long term goals were not met. When things started to go sideways, Congress passed the 21st Amendment in 1933, which repealed the 18th Amendment, and allowed the distribution of alcohol to be legal again.