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Coca-Cola exists because of prohibition legislation

Updated: Jul 31, 2020

Coca Cola was founded by John Pemberton, who got addicted to morphine after he was wounded in the American Civil War. Coca Cola was created as a substitute for his morphine addiction and was called Pemberton’s French Wine Coca nerve tonic.

But in 1886, when Atlanta and Fulton County passed the prohibition legislation, Pemberton responded by developing a nonalcoholic version of Pemberton's French Wine Coca. The mixture was combined with carbonated water and sampled by customers who all agreed this new drink was something special. This was marketed as “Coca- Cola: The temperance drink”, and its first sales were at Jacob’s Pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia for five cents a glass.


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