(also spelled neoprohibitionism
) is the belief that the influence of alcohol
should be reduced through legislation
and policies which further restrict the sale and possession of alcohol in order to reduce average per capita
consumption and change social norms to reduce its acceptability.
Use of the term
Because prohibition of alcohol in the United States
and elsewhere generally has been viewed as a widely unsuccessful and unpopular policy, there are no major organizations today which overtly claim to be "neo-prohibitionist," although individuals occasionally do.
The term is usually used critically to describe groups or individuals, rather than by the groups or individuals themselves. For example, Candy Lightner
, the founder of Mothers Against Drunk Driving
(MADD), eventually left the organization in anger and has since gone on to criticize it as neo-prohibitionist, stating that MADD "has become far more neo-prohibitionist than I had ever wanted or envisioned … I didn't start MADD to deal with alcohol. I started MADD to deal with the issue of drunk driving".Bresnahan, S. (2002). "MADD struggles to remain relevant." Washington Times
, August 6. Lightner was criticizing MADD's leaders who had called for the criminalization of all driving after drinking any amount of alcoholic beverage. The epithet has also been applied to the......