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Boardwalk Empire

GraydonCarter | Nov 29, 2010 02:46 PM

I'm watching HBO's Boardwalk Empire with fascination. It deals with the advent of Prohibition in the United States, and illegal bootlegging and manufacture of alcohol. I'll tell you what, I wouldn't want to drink that stuff they were selling that contained diethylene glycol.

During Prohibition all alcohol sales were banned. However, the federal government made an exemption for whisky, which could be prescribed by a doctor and sold through licensed pharmacies. Alcohol had been widely prescribed by physicians for therapeutic purposes. During this time, the Walgreens pharmacy chain grew from 20 retail stores to almost 400. They were like the medical marijuana dispensaries of their time. What is the medicinal value in liquor?

Evidently before prohobition Americans drank nearly twice as much liquor as today. I'm doing my part. When I get a cold, and if I don't have NyQuil, I'll take a shot of bourbon before bedtime -- for it's medicinal properties.

Is anybody else enjoying this show as much as I am?

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