US drinks to 75 years since end of Prohibition

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Americans will Friday toast the 75th anniversary of the end of Prohibition, a dry spell that began in 1920 when a constitutional amendment outlawed alcohol throughout the United States.

The nationwide ban on the manufacture, sale, transportation, import and export of intoxicating beverages was brought into law by conservatives for moral and health reasons, and repealed in 1933 on economic grounds.

But to this day, pockets of Prohibition exist in the United States, with entire counties still "dry" and bootleggers still running liquor.

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