The Prohibition Hangover: Alcohol in America from Demon Rum to Cult Cabernet

Garrett Peck (Author)

Product Details

Rutgers University Press
Publish Date
August 01, 2009
6.32 X 1.01 X 9.24 inches | 1.29 pounds
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About the Author

Garrett Peck is a literary journalist and craft beer-drinking, wine-collecting, gin-loving, bourbon-sipping, Simpsons-quoting, early morning rising history dork. He is the author of The Prohibition Hangover: Alcohol in America from Demon Rum to Cult Cabernet and leads the Temperance Tour of Prohibition-related sites in Washington, D.C. Prohibition in Washington, D.C.: How Dry We Weren't is his second book. A native Californian and Virginia Military Institute graduate, he lives in lovely Arlington, Virginia. His website can be found at


"Garrett Peck effectively captures the essence of America's love/hate relationship with alcohol beverages. While some of his conclusions are controversial, his book is well-written and comprehensive."--Dan Tearno "industry executive "
"Garrett Peck provides a clear, concise, and stimulating overview about alcohol use and alcohol policy in the United States since Repeal in 1933. The book deftly combines careful research, excellent story-telling, and strong opinions about strong drink."--William Rorabaugh "University of Washington and author of The Alcoholic Republic "
"The Prohibition Hangover is an excellent book in every way: it is well researched, thoughtful, and entertaining to read. From discussions of policies since Prohibition to Americans' tastes for drinks throughout the decades, this book will appeal to anyone interested in alcohol."--Edward Stringham "Trinity College and author of No Booze? You May Lose "
"The adage that 'history repeats itself' has special meaning when applied to Americans' experience with alcohol. At various times in our past, Americans have tried Prohibition, and each time learned, or re-learned, the hard lesson that it doesn't work. Yes, fewer people drink during periods of Prohibition; what ought we to expect, after all? But those choosing to drink, and there are many, drink more irresponsibly and are forced by the law into dangerous, clandestine environments, where health and even life are put at greater risk. For young adults age 18-20 today, a culture of Prohibition has produced these same, utterly predictable results. Kudos to Garrett Peck for advancing this unpleasant yet unassailable truth, and doing so with a convincing combination of fact and style. Impeccably researched and written in a most engaging style, The Prohibition Hangover, brings us face-to-face with those who would have us continue down their own preferred paths of righteousness, and shows us how, far too often, those paths traverse the valley of the shadow of death."--John M. McCardell, Jr. "President Emeritus, Middlebury College "
"For journalist Peck, Prohibition is like a bad hangover from which the US has never fully recovered, and he proves that the alcohol controversy has never gone away. The author provides an excellent overview of alcohol in the US since the Prohibition Era. He closely examines the development of the wine, beer, and distilled spirits trades, including the rise of wine and whiskey tourism and controversies regarding alcohol advertising. Peck examines the social implications of efforts to combat alcohol, especially the effects of the Mothers against Drunk Driving campaigns. He concludes that there should be more
emphasis on teaching young people about responsible drinking; though it will be controversial, he makes a convincing case to lower the national drinking age to 18. Highly recommended."--Choice
"A well-written study of the contemporary liquor industry."
--The Historian