The prohibition stopped the manufacturing, transportation, selling, and drinking of alcoholic beverages. But what they thought would help the community ended up making it worse. After the u.s. banned alcohol they thought the consumption of alcohol was over but some people started to make moonshine and this helped start organized crime in the u.s. The people in the organized crime saw this as an oppertunity to sell alcohol to the community and make a profit from it. The basics of business with rewards that not only the criminal element, but the consumer viewed as being worth the legal risk. Immediately after the 18th Amendment went into effect there was a dramatic decrease in alcohol consumption that made many advocates hopeful that it would be a success. In the early 20’s the consumption rate was 30% lower than it was before prohibition but later in the decade, as illegal supplies increased and a new generation began to ignore the law and reject the attitude of self-sacrifice, more Americans once again decided to indulge. In a sense, prohibition was a success if only for the fact that it took years after repeal before consumption rates reached those of pre-prohibition.