Definition - What does Prohibition mean?

In general, prohibition refers to a time period when the federal government made alcohol completely illegal. This included the consumption of alcohol, the manufacturing of alcohol, the storage of alcohol, the sale of alcohol, and anything else that is alcohol related. The United States went through prohibition between 1920 and 1933.

Justipedia explains Prohibition

In the United States, prohibition was enforced through the United States Constitution. Specifically, the Eighteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution completely banned alcohol from entering into the United States. During the time of prohibition, there was a great push to make the public aware of addictive illnesses. During this time period, the government took a progressive approach on trying to cure these addictive illnesses such as alcoholism. However, on December 5, 1933, the United States repealed the Eighteenth Amendment.

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