The day Prohibition ended in the USA – level 3


A great number of people drink alcohol in the United States in the late 19th century. Adult Americans drink on average nearly two bottles of hard alcohol a week. Many people don’t like such excessive alcohol consumption, and they want to introduce Prohibition, which is a ban on selling alcohol.

Some states, especially in the southern United States, begin to introduce Prohibition first. This idea gains more support and in 1920, the government introduces Prohibition at the national level.

However, that doesn’t stop people from drinking alcohol. What is forbidden becomes fashionable. Secret bars are opened.

There are up to 100,000 of these bars in New York alone. Many people visit these bars. They are workers, rich people, and even politicians who voted for Prohibition. Alcohol begins to be produced secretly and is also smuggled from Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean islands.

Prohibition aimed to reform society and eliminate alcoholism. But that isn’t happening. People drink anyway. What’s more, some people die because they drink low-quality homemade alcohol. Prohibition also helps criminal gangs to gain more influence because they get money from the distribution of illegal alcohol.

After 13 years of Prohibition, the government lifts the ban. It happens on December 5, 1933. When the selling of alcohol is allowed again, there are big celebrations all over America.

Difficult words: excessive (much more than is reasonable), ban (an official order to stop something), smuggle (to transport illegally), reform (to change), eliminate (to get rid of), influence (power), distribution (sell and create something), anyway (in spite of something).

Why do people continue to drink alcohol despite the government's efforts to prohibit it?


Days in Levels is designed to teach you 3000 words in English. Please follow the instructions

How to improve your English with Days in Levels: 


  1. Do the test at Test Languages.
  2. Go to your level. Go to Level 1 if you know 1-1000 words. Go to Level 2 if you know 1000-2000 words. Go to Level 3 if you know 2000-3000 words.


  1. Read two new articles article at Days in Levels every day.
  2. Read one previous article too and check if you remember all new words.


  1. Listen to the new article and read the text at the same time.
  2. Listen to the new article without reading the text.


  1. Answer the question under the new article and write your answer in the comments.


  1. Choose one person from the Skype section.
  2. Talk with this person. You can answer questions from Speak in Levels.