“During Prohibition, the government poisoned alcohol to keep people from drinking.”
Conspiracy theorists almost always claim the government is behind it all—and they were right this time.
In 1920, the US passed the 18th Amendment of the Constitution, prohibiting production, sale, and import of alcohol. The Prohibition Era was marked by widespread bootlegging of moonshine. Industrial alcohols used in fuels, solvents, paints, and medical supplies were regularly stolen by bootleggers, redistilled and resold.
But between 1926 and 1933, the government pushed manufacturers to use stronger poisons to make industrial alcohol undrinkable. However, it didn’t stop the bootleggers from producing moonshine or their customers from consuming it. It is estimated that by the end of Prohibition, the federal poisoning program had killed at least 10,000 people.