The Jester (the_jester1) wrote in little_details,
The Jester

Drinking in 1943 America

Having read birgitriddle's post on drinking in post-war Britain, I understand that alcohol was not rationed in the UK during the Second World War, but what about in the US?

My current project is a crime novel set in New York in 1943, during the height of the Second World War - so far I know, among other things, that it was a terrible winter and that people had to eat fish on Tuesdays as well as Fridays (just can't remember the source, so if someone could be so kind as to supply it?), and also that there was a ration on fabric, which is why anyone in a zoot suit was a social pariah. However, I don't know whether Uncle Sam imposed rations on booze, and this I want to find out. Two of my main protagonists are police detectives, another a Mob lawyer, and alcohol has a big part to play - the Mob lawyer goes on a pivotal drinking binge, and the two cops are fond of a beer, and one of them is an especially heavy drinker.

Thanking you all in advance...

(cross-posted to _the1940s)
Tags: usa: new york: new york city, ~booze, ~world war ii

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