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(NEW YORK) — On Dec. 5, 1933, the United States ratified the 21st amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ending more than a decade of alcohol prohibition.

Today, 80 years later, federal law still bans the distilling of spirits in the home with numerous licensing requirements.

The law that banned alcohol sales throughout the nation went into effect Jan. 1, 1920, largely as a result of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, which believed Prohibition would protect families from the dangers of alcohol abuse.

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