Let’s be clear: Prohibitionists were very serious about it. For instance, did you know that federal officials poisoned the industrial alcohol that bootleggers stole to make their hooch? (It was called The Chemist’s War.) The goal was to scare people into become teetotalers. This is the kind of stuff that history books don’t really bother with, right? Remember how reluctantly historians finally started including smallpox blankets in high school history books? I can’t imagine anyone will ever get around to tell students about how the American government not only banned alcohol on a federal level but actually tried to kill those who thought to break the law.
Killing Drinkers During Prohibition