Title: Last Call
Author: Daniel Okrent
In 1917 when wine was legal, Americans consumed 70 million gallons—imported, domestic, and homemade.
By 1925 Americans were drinking 150 million gallons of just the homemade stuff, all of it also legal in its own peculiar way.
Back when Congress was debating Richmond Hobson’s constitutional amendment in 1913, Representative Richard Bartholdt of St. Louis, a leading wet, said the measure would turn “every house in the country…into a distillery.”
A more appropriate word would have been “winery,” but he was on the right track.
It amazes me that not only did consumption of alcohol increase during prohibition but it made drinking more egalitarian.