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orts provides fascinating insights into the intrinsic diffi culties of such public policy. Prohibition eff orts began in fi ts and starts in the nineteenth cen- tury and were formally initiated nationwide in 1919. From the begin- ning, law enforcement was simply incapable of preventing small-scale production and distillation operations, although larger industrial con- cerns were essentially shut down. Such disruption was, predictably, off set in part via widespread bootlegging across state lines and from Canada. Newspaper reports of routine alcohol consumption