Category: Alcohol

The Lincoln-Lee Legion (Youths Pledged Lifelong Alcohol Abstinence)

lincoln-lee legion

Anti-Saloon League founder Howard Hyde Russell founded the Lincoln-Lee Legion in 1903. It was to promote the signing of total alcohol abstinence pledges by children. The organization was originally called the Lincoln Legion. However, in 1912 it was renamed the Lincoln-Lee League. That was to make it more appealing to Southern children and their parents. …

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The Crusaders (Influential Prohibition Repeal Group)

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Business leader Fred G. Clark founded The Crusaders in 1929. National Prohibition (1920-1933) was causing many very serious problems. They included bootlegging, gangerstism, and rampant violence. Fred Clark was appalled at the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in Chicago. Rivalry among competing bootlegging gangsters led to that horrible massacre. The group didn’t work at the national …

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Intoxication Isn’t an Excuse for Domestic Abuse, Sexual Assault

intoxication isn't an excuse

This article is by Mary Fontanazza, an expert on abuse. She explains why intoxication isn’t an excuse for any bad behavior. Of course, this includes domestic abuse and sexual assault. Nevertheless, people usually try to excuse their bad behavior on their intoxication. Doing so is comforting to perpetrators, victims, and who love them. However, it’s …

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Committee of Fifty for the Investigation of the Liquor Problem

Committee of Fifty for the Investigation of the Liquor Problem

The Committee of Fifty for the Investigation of the Liquor Problem was formed to study Scientific Temperance Instruction. As the end of the 1800s approached, Scientific Temperance Instruction was widely required by law. Virtually every state, the District of Columbia, and all U.S. possessions requierd it. Specifically, each had strong laws mandating that every student …

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Bone-Dry Laws (Highly Restrictive Alcohol Prohibition Laws)

bone-dry laws

Many states had their own state-wide alcohol prohibition before National Prohibition (1920-1933). Many of these laws were much more restrictive than National Prohibition. As a result, people called them bone-dry laws. Other states passed bone-dry laws in frustration after finding that National Prohibition was failing. Oklahoma Bone-Dry Law Passed Before Prohibition Oklahoma established state-wide prohibition in …

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Board of Temperance Strategy (Fought to Prevent Repeal of Prohibition)

Board of Temperance Strategy

The Board of Temperance Strategy was established 1930 by the Anti-Saloon League. It was a “last ditch” effort to coordinate resistance to the growing public demand for Repeal. That is, to repeal National Prohibition (1920-1933). Opposition to Prohibition had been rising in the late 1920s. That’s because more and more people thought it was causing many …

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Is Alcoholism a Disease? (Here’s the Evidence and Logic)

doctors reject alcoholism as disease

Is alcoholism a disease? The debate is over whether alcoholism is a disease or simply a serious behavioral problem. It’s continued for over 200 years. And it doesn’t appear likely to end anytime soon. The disease theory of alcoholism is just that… an unproven theory. I. Disease Theory Propositions Dr. Herbert Fingarette notes that the …

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Detecting Intoxication is Difficult Even for Police Trained to Do So

Detecting Intoxication is Difficult

Detecting intoxication is difficult. Police officers and sheriff’s deputies may incorrectly report that drivers were intoxicated. They say the drivers smelled of alcohol, acted drunk, or sounded intoxicated. Juries are usually impressed by such testimony. Research Research does not support officers’ self-reported ability to make such judgments accurately or reliably. For example, carefully controlled scientific …

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William Harvey Thompson (“Kinky” Thompson) Violent Prohibition Agent

William Harvey Thompson

Kinky Thompson Prohibition agents during National Prohibition (1920-1933) were widely criticized for using excessive force. And it was against both persons and property. One of the most violent may have been agent William Harvey Thompson of the Seattle, Washington, unit. Thompson’s career illustrates one of the many problems – unprofessional enforcement – that led to …

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