Criminal Activity Increases:
Prohibition only lead to more criminal activity which was a big factor during this time because it was an effect of prohibition and it only increased the rate of organized crime. Another effect of prohibition was the illegal selling and consuming of alcohol. Bootleggers were the people who sold alcohol illegally; they got their name because they used to keep flasks of alcohol in their boot. Government officials tried very hard to get rid of them, but policemen and politicians just looked the other way and felt that they could do what they wanted, if they wanted to face the consequences. Many bootleggers went and directed their costumers to Speakeasies, which were secret bars where people were able to drink freely. Al Capone was a gang leader from Chicago that sold illegal alcohol he called himself a businessman. Even though during this law there was much less abuse and less people with liver problems, the prohibition law was repealed in 1933 because of the higher rate of criminal activity.