Alchohol in the 1920s


By banning alcohol, it is defined as a 'patriotic duty.' that will end the war. It is also an effort to decrease crime rates and promote religious morality.


- Money were lost ( Government.)

- Increased crime rates and gangs in the cities.

- Jobs loss

- Government refused to provide compensation

- Medical system is abused. ( more on this later)

- Illegal sales were continued.

- People set up 'stalls' for people to drink; They are called 'speakeasies.'

- people began smuggling alcohol into the USA.

So, What is a 'Speakeasy?' How do you go in?

A Speakeasy- usually run by gangs- are so-called pubs that illegally sell alcoholic beverages in cities. These could be hidden behind shops or any place in the city.

To buy alcohol- without getting in trouble with the law is to buy it for exceptional purposes- that includes scientific, medical, industrialized and others.

A person can CLAIM to be ill and still get alcohol.

To enter a speakeasy, you will have to say a given password to the doorman to ensure undercover agents won't get in. In the event of a police raid, some pubs even have master switches- a switch that can turn off the lights- and destroy evidence.

What is life like in the pubs?

It is everyday life in these so-called pubs- wild parties, Jazz music, dancing, and even a band playing live behind doors.

How do you transport these things?

Alchohol were bought secretly smuggled in hollowed-out boxes- in the form of books, shells, falsely labeled boxes, and so on. Even when Alcohol is smuggled to the US, these bottles could be hidden anywhere- behind sails, inside bottles that are meant to carry other liquids, and many more.

Even on land, the bottles are hidden beneath floors of vehicles. There would be no surprise at the possibility of a bribe- where even the police and other figures of authority were assisting in the transport- all done in the cover of darkness.


Realizing the Government has lost money,and the law being contrary to the British Standards of individual Liberty, the ban was lifted. It was a slow process; In 1920, BC slowly made exceptions and ultimately, lifted the ban. All provinces followed suit and the ban was nationally lifted