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Shot of the Day: Today Is the Anniversary of the Repeal of Prohibition

Eighty-one years ago today, legal booze was back!

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On December 5, 1933, the full ratification of the 21st Amendment finally repealed Prohibition. After 13 years, its unexpected harms were widely viewed as trumping its intended benefits: Rates of alcohol consumption decreased, but less than promised, even as a booming bootlegging industry filled the coffers of organized crime with profits that had formerly returned to the government in taxes. The advent of the Great Depression sealed the deal on repeal. In the photo below, saloon revelers hail the demise of the 18th Amendment—the 1919 law that banned alcoholic beverages across the US—by apparently preparing to guzzle huge quantities of beer.