HIstory of Alcohol in the United States By jeffrey7 Mar 21, 1621 Alcohol was Brought to America The Mayflower brought alcohol when they landed in America. Jan 1, 1789 American Temperance Society The first Termperance Society is formed in Litchfield, Connecticut to try and reduce alcohol consumption. Jan 1, 1791 The Act of 1791 "Whiskey Tax" put a tax on whiskey in the United States. Jan 1, 1802 End of Whiskey Tax The Whiskey tax is repealed. Jan 1, 1814 New Alcohol Tax A new tax on alcohol is made to help pay for the War of 1812. Jan 1, 1850 Cocktail A New York bartender invents the cocktail. Jan 1, 1862 New Tax on Liquor Abraham Lincoln makes new tax on liquor to pay for the Civil War. Jan 1, 1906 Labeling Laws The Pure Food and Drug Act is passed, making all products containing alcohol have the correct labeling. Jan 1, 1910 Drinking and Driving The first law is made on drunk-driving. Jan 1, 1920 Prohibition The 18th amendment is passed making the production, sale, and transportation of alcohol illegal. Jan 1, 1933 Prohibition is Over The Prohibition is repealed but most states make laws that minors under the age of 18 were not allowed to drink Jan 1, 1935 Alcoholics Anonymous Alcoholics Anonymous is created. Jan 1, 2000 Drinking and Driving Over .08 Federal law makes it a crime for someone to be at or over .08 blood alcohol concentration (BAC) when driving a vehicle.