During prohibition in the US an exemption was made for whiskey prescribed by a doctor and sold through a pharmacy. The Walgreens pharmacy chain grew from 20 retail stores to almost 500 during this period, from 1920 to 1933.
Yuengling sent a truckload of beer to the White House the day Prohibition ended to show their appreciation to President Roosevelt.
There are still several locations in the US that ban the sale/consumption of alcohol. All dating back to the Prohibition.
In the mid 1800’s millions of American children learned in school that one taste of alcohol could lead to blindness, madness or death. And there was the possibility too, the children were told, of spontaneous combustion; just one drink of alcohol might cause their bodies to go up in flames.
During prohibition a jury that had heard a bootlegging case was itself put on trial after it drank the evidence. They said they did it to determine whether or not it contained alcohol.
During prohibition, the US government ordered poison be added to industrial alcohol to discourage consumption. People continued to drink it, so the government mandated more potent poison and it killed as many as 10,000 people.
Cocktails‘ raise in popularity occurred during Prohibition. The fruit juices and other flavorings were used to mask the taste of the illegally produced alcohol, which was of much poorer quality than people were used to.
During Prohibition, the U.S. Treasury Department authorized physicians to write prescriptions for medicinal alcohol. Licensed doctors advised their patients to take regular doses of hooch to stave off a number of ailments—cancer, indigestion and depression among them.
President Franklin D Roosevelt received a truckload of Yuengling beer delivered to the Whitehouse the day prohibition was ended.