During Prohibition, the U.S. Treasury Department authorized physicians to write prescriptions for medicinal alcohol. Licensed doctors, with pads of government-issued prescription forms printed on treasury paper, advised their patients to take regular doses of hooch to stave off a number of ailments—cancer, indigestion and depression among them.
Alcohol is a depressant, which may have some of us wondering if this wasn’t pure quackery. It was.
“Presumably, doctors were doing examinations and diagnoses, but it was mostly bogus,” says Daniel Okrent, author of Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition
This privilege was one of the few legal exceptions to the 13-year ban on the production, sale and distribution of alcohol, initiated in 1920 by the 18th Amendment. The National Prohibition Act, which enforced the ban, also allowed farmers to produce wine for their own consumption and priests, ministers and rabbis to serve it during religious ceremonies.
Every ten days, patients willing to pay about $3 for a prescription and another $3 or $4 to have it filled could get a pint of booze. “There may have been some people who were being prescribed because there was a perceived medical need, but it was really a way for some physicians and pharmacists to make a few extra bucks,” he says.
Both Canada and the USA experienced the great days of prohibition, making speakeasy clubs such as the Man Cave, popular spots to get your fix of hooch. Al Capone, is obviously one of the big names that will be forever attached to the History of Prohibition.
The Sleeman family tradition was passed down from generation to generation. Father to son, again and again.
UNTIL, ONE DAY, IT STOPPED.
On the heels of the roaring twenties, prohibition set in. In their true rebellious nature, the Sleeman family kept their beer flowing, brokering deals with bootleggers and gangsters like Al Capone.
If you weren’t a member of a club, such as the Man Cave, you could have received an invitation by a friend who carried a membership card. Personal home parties were also the rage. Invitations were handed out in the form of business cards, which could be easily hidden away by tucking the card into a wallet or clutch.
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