Prohibition, Prescriptions and the Rise of 'Medicinal' Booze


Workers demonstrating against prohibition in the streets of New York around 1933. Imagno / Getty Images

From 1920 to 1933, the United States was, technically speaking, a dry country. The National Prohibition Act made the manufacture, transport and sale of alcohol illegal for the vast majority of the population. However, there were several loopholes available for the enterprising alcohol enthusiast -- and doctors quickly realized they could make loads of cash prescribing booze for medicinal purposes. Join the guys as they explore the rise and fall of the medicinal alcohol industry.