American Council on Alcohol Problems (A Temperance Group Today)

The American Council on Alcohol Problems is a prohibition-oriented federation of state affiliates. It currently promotes a neo-prohibitionist agenda to stigmatize alcohol and marginalize those adults who choose to consume any alcoholic beverage. Even its logo shows a bottle of alcohol crossed out.

American Council on Alcohol ProblemsThe Council was known as the Anti-Saloon League from 1893 until 1948. Then it was the Temperance League until 1950. Next it was the National Temperance League until 1964. Finally, it’s now the American Council on Alcohol Problems. Thus, since 1964, the name has not revealed its fundamental goal of temperance and prohibition.

Temperance Goal

However, a recent issue of The American Issue describes the organization and its purpose. It reports the Council “is the channel of cooperation” through which temperance supporters and groups can unite and cooperate.”

The American Council on Alcohol Problems “provides the forum and the mechanism through which concerned persons can find common ground on alcohol and other drug problems and address those issues with a united voice.”

It continues that “Membership in ACAP [American Council on Alcohol Problems] presently is made up of 30 local temperance organizations, 22 national Christian denominations, and other fraternal organizations that support the ACAp’s philosophy of abstinence.” By “22 Christian denominations,” the Council apparently means 22 individual churches and religious organizations.

It also operated the National Temperance and Prohibition Council between 1934 and 1956,

See Also

The Council has regularly partnered with George Hacker‘s Alcohol  Policies Project. That’s part of the Center for Science in the Public Interest. It’s also temperance-oriented group.

The headquarters of the American Council on Alcohol Problems is in Birmingham, Alabama. However, it maintains a strong presence in Washington, D.C. for its lobbying activities.


Surprisingly, many people support neo-prohibition ideas. And many strongly defend the many remainders of Prohibition are still exist. In fact, almost one of every five U.S. adults supports making drinking alcohol illegal for everyone.  Not even National Prohibition (1920-1933) went that far. That is, it didn’t make drinking illegal. Therefore, millions of people drank alcohol legally during Prohibition. Discover more at What did Prohibition Prohibit? It Wasn’t Drinking Alcohol. 

Resources on the American Council on Alcohol Problems

  • American Council on Alcohol Problems. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
  • Asbury, H. The Great Illusion. An Informal History of Prohibition. NY: Greenwood, 1968.
  • Hanson, D. Alcohol Education. Westport, CT: Praeger, 1996.
  • Kobler, J. Ardent Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition. NY: Putnam’s Sons, 1973.
  • Krout, J. The Origins of Prohibition. NY: Knopf, 1925.