In short, banning alcohol didn’t even stick a little bit.
Even though the 18th Amendment is long repealed, some states restrict where and when people can buy their liquor. Brewers and distillers say they continue to battle old laws and the leftover legacy from the time the country ran dry. And now, 70 percent of American adults say they had a drink in the past year.
For some, it’s a rite of passage or a way to relax after a long day. And for others, consuming alcohol can become a harmful life-long habit. An estimated 32 million adults in the U.S. binge drink weekly, according to the National Institutes of Health.
Our series, “American Spirit,” examined the American relationship with alcohol.
The conversations we had included…
- Minnesota’s Craft Beer Boom
- Your Stories About Drinking Alcohol
- Distilling The Success Of Craft Distilleries
- The Past, Present And Future Of American Beer
- The United States Of Alcohol Abuse
If you or someone you know needs to talk to someone, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Helpline‘s number is 1-800-662-HELP (4357) It’s a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish.