Historical Sale of Whisky

Reply Thu 25 Dec, 2014 04:06 pm
I am reading a novel set during Word War II in the U.S. In the novel, characters buy whisky by placing an order with a local drugstore and then wait for same-day delivery.

Did such things really occur?
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Reply Thu 25 Dec, 2014 05:20 pm

Prohibition quickly produced bootleggers, speakeasies, moonshine, bathtub gin, and rum runners smuggling supplies of alcohol across state lines. In 1927, there were an estimated 30,000 illegal speakeasies--twice the number of legal bars before Prohibition. Many people made beer and wine at home. It was relatively easy finding a doctor to sign a prescription for medicinal whiskey sold at drugstores.


1928 - The Prohibition of alcohol. Doctors can write special prescription for pints of whiskey or wine for their patients. Millions of prescriptions are written and dispensed. Much of this alcohol is not used for medical purposes, resulting in the greatest diversion of prescription medicines prior to the present time.

Reply Thu 25 Dec, 2014 05:57 pm

Thank you, that must be the correct answer. Though in my novel it happens while the U.S. was fighting World War II and prohibition ended in 1933. Perhaps the pharmacies continued selling whisky.
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Reply Fri 26 Dec, 2014 03:35 pm
Here's your answer.
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