A Toast To The End Of Prohibition

The 21st Amendment of the Constitution was ratified 80 years ago — ending the prohibition of alcohol as imposed by the 18th Amendment in 1920. There is no denying alcohol does play a big role in our economy. According to the National Beer Wholesalers Association, 1.78 million Americans are employed by the brewing industry alone.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And our last word in business is: a toast.

We lift a glass to a time when the government passed a popular measure.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

In this case, the 21st Amendment - which was ratified 80 years ago today - ending the prohibition of alcohol as imposed by the 18th constitutional amendment in 1920.

MONTAGNE: Whether or not you partake in holiday cocktails or a winter brew this season, there's no denying alcohol does play a big role in our economy.

INSKEEP: According to the National Beer Wholesalers Association, 1.78 million Americans are employed by the brewing industry alone. Cheers.

That's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

MONTAGNE: And I'm Renee Montagne.

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