Aldous Huxley's Brave New World features, in part, a heavily-sedated populace. His point is that inebriated people are easier to control.
Vladimir Lenin, however, was an ardent prohibitionist. What up with that?
My guess is that Lenin saw a drunk people as incapable of becoming the supermen socialism would let them be: he was an earnest communist. Indeed, Soviet prohibition ended a year after his death when the ironic communist, Joseph Stalin, took control.
Just something to remember as modern politicians have their "awakenings of conscience" and support marijuana legalization. Personally, I'm ambivalent on the issue, but I'm wary of anyone in a position of power who wants to make it easier for you to ignore what he's doing.