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Winston Churchill Had A Doctor’s Note That Allowed Him An Indefinite Consumption Of Alcohol During Prohibition Era

It’s important to let loose every once in a while. Some people do so by taking a swig or two of their favorite alcoholic drink. While some may consume in moderation, others feel the need to have a bottle somewhere nearby. No man or woman was a greater example than the one and only Winston Churchill.

In January of 1932, the future British Prime Minister managed to acquire a doctor’s note saying that an “indefinite” amount of alcohol was necessary for his recovery period. Churchill has been hit by in the last month of 1931 while touring through New York, causing chest pain and bouts of depression that lasted for two months.

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Those familiar with history will know that Churchill acquired his note during United States’ Prohibition era, when the manufacturing, sale, and consumption of alcohol were all illegal. The Prime Minister had once even admitted going to a speakeasy “as a social investigator” during this time.

Challenging the ‘law’ was something Churchill liked to do quite a bit. During a meeting with a Muslim king, he was told not to smoke or drink, to which he replied with the help of an interpreter “My rule of life prescribed as an absolute sacred rite smoking cigars and also the drinking of alcohol before, after, and if need be during all meals and the intervals between them.”

The tough-talking drinker/smoker that we knew Winston Churchill as may have simply been a façade for the public.

“It has been said that Winston used alcohol as a prop to his persona, rather like the cigars and pet bulldog, and that he rarely got monkey-arsed, or reached the falling-down, slurred-words state,” wrote author Robert Sellers. “Total inebriation was something he abhorred, which says much for what must have been a steel constitution.”
It’s probably not possible to get that note now, right?

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