A few teaspoons of bourbon to soothe those wheezing symptoms? Why not?
How about some brandy for that diabetes of yours? Grandma and her remedies have been around for ages.
Rub a little whiskey on a baby’s gums? Grandma gave you whiskey, honey, and lemon for a cough?
Home remedies with whiskey are an American classic.
Our pals at the U.S. Treasury Department authorized physicians to write prescriptions for medicinal alcohol.
This was during Prohibition, of course. Licensed doctors, with pads of government-issued prescription forms, like the one shown above, advised their patients to take regular doses of whiskey to fix a number of ailments—cancer, indigestion and depression to name a few.
This was one of the few legal exceptions to the 13-year ban on the production, sale and distribution of alcohol, initiated in 1920 by the 18th Amendment and writing a prescription for alcohol was considered a privilege.
The National Prohibition Act, which enforced the ban, allowed farmers to produce wine for their own consumption. and priests, ministers and rabbis to serve it during religious ceremonies.
Every ten days, patients willing to pay about $3 for a prescription and another $3 or $4 to have it filled could get a pint of booze. There may have been some people who were being prescribed because there was a perceived medical need, but it was probably just a way for physicians and pharmacists to make a few extra bucks. The fancy prescription forms got used up in a hurry I bet.
Today, our moronic leadership is stating publicly that Marijuana is no more damaging than alcohol. So much for the war on drugs. At least we know that scotch doesn’t repair cancer cells.
Broken hearts maybe.
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