Series: Perils of Prohibition in rural Alaska

Craig Medred

For three decades, alcohol has anchored the debate about the future of rural Alaska. That liquor and homebrew spread havoc in villages across the state is undeniable, but the evidence seems clear that the effort to stamp out booze with an Alaska version of Prohibition hasn't stopped the abuse, or the misery that often surfaces in its wake. In this ongoing series, Alaska Dispatch examines the failures of the state's war on alcohol and why a better, but more difficult solution is to address the many reasons people abuse alcohol in the first place.

  1. 1 Perils of Prohibition: Alaska's failed war on booze

    A U.S. Department of Justice report takes an unflinching look at the war on alcohol in rural Alaska, where efforts at prohibition have failed spectacularly and even created negative consequences.

  2. 2 Perils of Prohibition: Drowning the past in rural Alaska

    Alcohol is cited as a significant factor in so many crimes in rural Alaska that it seems reasonable to think prohibition could reduce staggering rates of domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault and suicide. But the costs to individuals tells a different story.

  3. 3 Perils of Prohibition: History repeats in Alaska's failed attempt to stamp out booze

    Prohibition was intended to improve the lives of all Americans, yet paradoxically, it caused millions of them to rethink their definition of morality. Can the same be said in rural Alaska's "dry" villages?