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The process by which a government prohibits its citizens from buying or possessing alcoholic beverages. Specifically, the Prohibition refers to the period between the effective date of the 18th Amendment to the US Constitution(16 January 1920) and its repeal by the 21st Amendment. Repeal took effect on 5 December 1933, although it passed Congress in February and the sale of beer was permitted after 7 April 1933.