22 Things You Didn’t Know About Prohibition

11Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill

During Prohibition in the United States, Winston Churchill referred publicly to the Constitutional amendment banning alcohol as "an affront to the whole history of mankind."

12Izzy Einstein

Izzy Einstein

Prohibition agent Izzy Einstein bragged that he could find liquor in any city in under 30 minutes. In Chicago it took him 21 minutes. In Atlanta 17 minutes, and Pittsburgh just 11 minutes. But New Orleans set the record of 35 seconds. Einstein asked his taxi driver where to get a drink, and the driver handed him one.

13Herbert Hoover

Herbert Hoover

During prohibition, Herbert Hoover would go to the Belgian embassy to have martinis, as it was not illegal to possess alcohol on foreign soil.

14Malt extract

Malt extract

During Prohibition, many major breweries turned to sell malt extract for use in baking bread and desserts. It was also hop flavored. One city reported enough was sold each week to make 16 loaves of bread for every man, woman, and child.



The movement for Prohibition led to American beer-makers moving towards lighter, blander beers in the early part of the 20th century as they tried to emphasize that beer was healthier than whiskey

16William McCoy

William McCoy

During Prohibition, bootlegger William S. McCoy became famous for never watering down his beer or booze as opposed to many who did so to stretch profits. As a result, people starting calling his products, "the real McCoy."

17Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill

During prohibition, Winston Churchill received a prescription for alcohol when he visited the United States, his Doctor writing, "The quantity [prescribed] is naturally indefinite."

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18Long Island Iced Tea

Long Island Iced Tea

During the prohibition era, the Long Island Iced Tea originated in the United States because when it was all combined it looked like a non-alcoholic iced tea.

19Izzy Einstein and Moe Smith

Izzy Einstein and Moe Smith

During Prohibition, federal agents Izzy Einstein and Moe Smith disguised themselves as grave-diggers, football players, Russian women, rabbis, judges, and plumbers (among many others). Together, they seized more than 5 million bottles of illicit booze and made 4,932 arrests.

20Liver cirrhosis

Liver cirrhosis

During Prohibition, cases of liver cirrhosis decreased by almost two-thirds.

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