Americans Drinking More Now Than Just Before Prohibition

We Americans certainly love our booze. New federal health statistics show that Americans drink more now than they did when Prohibition was enacted, and the amount of alcohol we consume has been on the rise for two decades. The government says that just before alcohol was banned, in the 1910s, each American teen and adult was drinking an average of just under two gallons per year, on average. These days it’s about 2.3 gallons per year, which is nearly 500 drinks, or about nine per week. Prohibition began on January 17th, 1920 (100 years ago Friday), and it was repealed in 1933, after 13 years. By 1934, per-capita consumption of alcohol was under one gallon, and it’s been up and down ever since then.