1A Presents: American Spirit

In 2017, over 55 percent of American adults said they had a drink in the past month, according to the National Institutes of Health.

In 2017, over 55 percent of American adults said they had a drink in the past month, according to the National Institutes of Health.

One hundred years on from Prohibition, Americans are getting their “claws out,” shouting “dilly dilly” at major golf tournaments and slurping mimosas at brunch.

In short, banning alcohol didn’t even stick a little bit.

Even though the 18th Amendment is long repealed, some states restrict where and when people can buy their liquor. Brewers and distillers say they continue to battle old laws and the leftover legacy from the time the country ran dry. And now, 70 percent of American adults say they had a drink in the past year.

For some, it’s a rite of passage or a way to relax after a long day. And for others, consuming alcohol can become a harmful life-long habit. An estimated 32 million adults in the U.S. binge drink weekly, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Our series, “American Spirit,” examined the American relationship with alcohol.

The conversations we had included…

If you or someone you know needs to talk to someone, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Helpline‘s number is 1-800-662-HELP (4357) It’s a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish.