The British government & Court of Human Rights

The long term effects of alcohol are harmful, however this can happen with any overdose of anything e. g. aspirin. When alcohol is drunk responsibly it can be beneficial to the body and it is up to the individual to drink responsibly. Independent research has shown that when consumed in moderation alcohol can; Banning alcohol would be considered as infringing people's civil rights to an unacceptable degree.

Also, due to the presence of alcohol in religious ceremonies such as the Christian Eucharist, Christians could go to the European Court of Human Rights and say that the ban infringes on their right to practise their religion. A ban on alcohol would also destroy an industry which is worth  49. 5 billion and which represents a 7% share of total consumer spending. Prohibiting alcohol would wreck havoc on the worldwide economy and, especially at a time like now where the economy is already quite fragile, this could mean that there is a risk of the world going back into a recession.

(Statistics from http://www. just-drinks. com/news/uk-drinks-industry-worth-495-billion_id70032. aspx) In 2008 the British government earned $9. 5 billion from alcohol taxes. (source: http://www. ttb. gov/statistics/final09. pdf) This proves that governments raise a significant amount of money from taxes and duties payable on alcoholic drinks. "To ban alcohol would take away a major source of funding for public services. In addition, the effect of banning alcohol would call for additional policing on a huge scale, if the prohibition were to be enforced effectively.

If would create a new class of illegal drug-users, traffickers, and dealers on an unprecedented scale. " (Source: http://www. idebate. org/debatabase/topic_details. php? topicID=107) To conclude this argument, alcohol has health benefits if drunk in moderation and is up to individuals to drink responsibly. Banning alcohol, apart from being completely impractical, would also infringe upon peoples civil liberties as well as have a negative effect on the global economy.

As you are able to see that some arguments have a opinionated base and therefore is not 100% accurate. Why was the Prohibition of Alcohol in America unsuccessful? After the American Revolution, drinking was on the rise. To combat this, a number of societies were organized as part of a new temperance movement which attempted to dissuade people for becoming intoxicated. At the first, this organisation's pushed moderation, but after several decades the movements focus changed to complete prohibition of alcohol consumption.

The 18th Amendment states "after one year from the ratification of this article the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof for beverage purposes is hereby prohibited". The period of Prohibiton was from 1920-But it was clear to some that millions neither wanted this law nor would respect it. There was obviously was a huge market for what in the 1920's.

"Alcohol became more dangerous to consume; crime increased and became "organized"; the court and prison systems were stretched to the breaking point; and corruption of public officials was rampant. No measurable gains were made in productivity or reduced absenteeism. Prohibition removed a significant source of tax revenue and greatly increased government spending. It led many drinkers to switch to opium, marijuana, patent medicines, cocaine, and other dangerous substances that they would have been unlikely to encounter in the absence of Prohibition. "