American Council on Alcohol Problems

The American Council on Alcohol Problems is a prohibition-oriented federation of state affiliates that currently promotes a neo-prohibitionist agenda to stigmatize alcohol and marginalize those adults who choose to consume alcoholic beverages.

The Council was known as the Anti-Saloon League from 1893 until 1948, as the Temperance League until 1950, as the National Temperance League until 1964, and now as the American Council on Alcohol Problems. Between 1934 and 1956, it also operated the National Temperance and Prohibition Council. Since 1964, the name of the organization has not revealed its fundamental goal of temperance and prohibition.

However, a recent issue of The American Issue describes the organization and its purpose, reporting that the American Council on Alcohol Problems "is the channel of cooperation" through which temperance supporters and organizations can unite and cooperate. The American Council on Alcohol Problems "provides the forum and the mechanism through which concerned persons can find common ground on alcohol and other drug problems and address those issues with a united voice." It continues that "Membership in ACAP [American Council on Alcohol Problems] presently is made up of 30 local temperance organizations, 22 national Christian denominations, and other fraternal organizations that support the ACAp's philosophy of abstinence." By "22 Christian denominations," the Council apparently means 22 individual churches and religious organizations.

The American Council on Alcohol Problems partners with George Hacker's Alcohol Policies Project at the Center for Science in the Public Interest and other temperance-oriented groups. It is also a member of the Coalition for the Prevention of Alcohol Problems

The headquarters of the American Council on Alcohol Problems is located in Birmingham, Alabama, although it maintains a strong presence in Washington, D.C. for its lobbying activities.

Surprisingly, many people support neo-prohibition ideas and many vestiges of Prohibition are still strongly defended.

 

References and Resources on the American Council on Alcohol Problems:

  • American Council on Alcohol Problems. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
  • American Council on Alcohol Problems Records 1883-1969 (bulk 1920s-1930s) Formerly the Anti-Saloon League of America, the Temperance League, and the National Temperance League. Correspondence, reports, minutes, legal files, speeches by temperance leaders, bills relating to prohibition question, and miscellaneous temperance materials. Deposited in the Bentley Historical Library in 1969 by the American Council on Alcohol Problems, successor organization to the Anti-Saloon League, the Temperance League, and the National Temperance League. University of Michigan. http://quod.lib.umich.edu/cgi/f/findaid/findaid-idx?c=bhlead&idno=umich-bhl-85650
  • American Council on Alcohol Problems. The American Issue. Periodical published by the American Council on Alcohol Problems and its predecessor temperance organizations.For statement about goals, see the January-March, 2008 issue of The American Issue. Reflecting its history, The American Issue began by being published by the Anti-Saloon League's American Issue Publishing House in the "dry capital" of Westerville, Ohio.
  • Asbury, Herbert. The Great Illusion: An Informal History of Prohibition. New York: Greenwood Press, 1968 (Originally published 1950).
  • Hanson, David J. Alcohol Education. Westport, CT: Praeger, 1996.
  • Kobler, John. Ardent Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1973.
  • Krout, John A. The Origins of Prohibition. New York: Knopf, 1925.

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