While the Prohibition was thought to have reduced crime, improve health, safety, create economic prosperity, and increase public morality, it had in fact done the exact opposite. Crime was rampant due to bootleggers, and the mobsters & speakeasies involved with the illegal alcoholic trade were romanticized. The money and power that came with bootlegging, as well as drinking in speakeasies as fashionable had become extremely alarming to early supporters of the Prohibition.
The economics of the Prohibition was also becoming quite alarming. An estimated $861 million was lost annually in federal tax from untaxed liquor. $40 millionn annually was spent on Prohibition law enforcement with very little of the law being enforced.
In 1932, the Democratic Party's platform included a plank for the repeal of Prohibition, and Democrat Franklin Roosevelt ran for President of the United States promising repeal of federal Prohibition laws.
The Congress proposed the Twenty-first Amendment to repeal the Eighteenth Amendment and the Prohibition on February 20, 1933. On June 27, 1933 New York State became the third state of the thirty six states needed to ratify the Amendment in favor or repeal.
On the Eighteenth Amendment was fully ratified on December 5, 1933. Federal laws enforcing Prohibition were then repealed.