History: When Winston Churchill got a doctor's note for bottomless booze

Not even the Prohibition could stop this heavy drinker

Winston Churchill liked to drink. A lot. So when faced with the sobering reality of a trip to Prohibition-era America, what did he do?

Winston Churchill

He got a doctor’s note, of course.

Like all doctors at the time, his New York physician was able to lawfully prescribe alcoholic beverages, such as brandy and whiskey, for ‘medicinal’ use (sure, sure).

Forget shadowy speakeasies, alcohol flowed from government-issued liquor prescription pads, which could be filled at pharmacies nationwide