The Prohibition Of Alcohol: The Xia Dynasty In China
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. The term can also apply to periods in the histories of countries during which the prohibition of alcohol was enforced.
The earliest records of prohibition of alcohol date to the Xia Dynasty in China. Yu the Great, the first ruler of the Xia Dynasty, prohibited alcohol throughout the kingdom. It was legalized again after his death, during the reign of his son Qi.
Another record was in the Code of Hammurabi specifically banning the selling of beer for money. It could only be bartered for barley: "If a beer seller do not receive barley as the price for beer, but if she receive money or make the beer a measure smaller than the barley measure received, they shall throw her into the water." .
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