Fact is murder rates increased, you can’t give me a single statistic showing it didn’t. I know you don’t have one, because the Government statistics of period, of which that chart is one, shows this occurring.
Further, while Beer drinking went down, hard liquor drinking went up, because it was easier to manufacture. It’s why America has a martini-drinking culture today.
Cause & effect.
There’s an easy way to tell that it wasn’t:
In the three months before the 18th Amendment became effective, liquor worth half a million dollars was stolen from Government warehouses. By midsummer of 1920, federal courts in Chicago were overwhelmed with some 600 pending liquor violation trials (Sinclair, 1962: 176-177). Within three years, 30 prohibition agents were killed in service.
Other statistics demonstrated the increasing volume of the bootleg trade. In 1921, 95,933 illicit distilleries, stills, still works and fermentors were seized. in 1925, the total jumped to 172,537 and up to 282,122 in 1930. In connection with these seizures, 34,175 persons were arrested in 1921; by 1925, the number had risen to 62,747 and to a high in 1928 of 75,307 (Internal Revenue, Service, 1921, 1966, 1970: 95, 6, 73). Concurrently, convictions for liquor offenses in federal courts rose from 35,000 in 1923 to 61,383 in 1932
Increased officer deaths, increased offenders arrested… all of which decreased after prohibition ended.
That’s petty self-evident proof. Same to this:
Since the organization of the prohibition service to February 1, 1926, 875 persons have been separated from the Prohibition Unit mostly for official faithlessness or downright rascality. Nor does the total that I have given include delinquents not dismissed but only allowed to resign. Neither has the Coast Guard, that nursing mother of brave and devoted men, military as its discipline is, by any means escaped the contamination of prohibition. Since the duty was assigned to it of preventing the smuggling of liquor from the sea into the United States, 7 temporary warrant officers, 11 permanent enlisted men, and 25 temporary enlisted men have been convicted of yielding, in one form or another, to the seductions of money or liquor in connection with prohibition work. I am unable to say how many members of the force have been arrested but not convicted. On December 10, 1925, a United Press dispatch reported that the entire crews of two Coast Guard patrol boats which had been assigned to patrol duty off the coast of Florida had been court-martialed for conniving with bootleggers.
In view of what I have said, it is not surprising that Dr. Horace Taft, head master of the Taft School at Watertown and brother of Chief Justice Taft, should have said a few days ago at a law-enforcement meeting at Yale, “The United States is threatened with the rotting of her moral foundations and of her political and social structure as a direct result of prohibition.”
“Statement by Hon. William Cabell Bruce, The National Prohibition Law, Hearings before the Subcommittee of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, Sixty-Ninth Congress, April 5 to 24, 1926”
Corruption advances. Again, self-evident proof; the number of officers who had to be dismissed dramatically increased.
Police Corruption, murder rates, organized crime, age of drinking.
You also forget, that while consumption may not have been illegal, the Gov’t made it dangerous by poisoning all legal forms of alcohol. The Government was literally paying to poison its own citizens