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December 5th marks the 80th anniversary of the repeal of prohibition. The current alcohol beverage regulatory environment and many of the laws are in place to avoid the “evils” of pre-prohibition days. The Distilled Spirits Counsel of the United States has a great infographic explaining the rise and fall of prohibition (http://www.discus.org/assets/1/7/Prohibition-Repeal-Infographic.pdf). Below is a news release, in substance, discussing prohibition, its repeal and some of the legacies that remain. The full release can be reviewed at: http://www.discus.org/december-5th-marks-80th-anniversary-of-prohibition-repeal/?CategoryId=3. In 1920, the 18thAmendment, popularly known as “Prohibition,” outlawed alcohol in the United States making America a “dry” country. Thirteen years later on December 5th, 1933, most of the country agreed Prohibition was a complete policy debacle and overwhelmingly ratified the 21stAmendment repealing the 18th– to this day the only Constitutional amendment repealing another amendment. “While the Government originally envisioned Prohibition to be a ‘noble experiment in social engineering,’ the effort completely failed to deliver its promised benefits and actually made things much worse,” said DISCUS President Peter Cressy, noting that Prohibition increased crime and exacerbated alcohol abuse. “Consumer demand for greater choice and convenience has resulted in a more modern marketplace across the country and a boom in innovative spirits products around the globe,” Cressy said. Prohibition’s Lingering Legacies Dry Counties. Eighty years later, there are still hundreds of dry counties across the United States today that partially or completely restrict alcohol consumption – mostly across the South and West. Sunday Sales. Twelve states still ban Sunday spirits sales, including: AL,…

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