ALE History

  1920 Prohibition and moonshining resulted in rampant crime and corruption
  1933 Congress repealed prohibition, but enforcement was fragmented and varied greatly by county
  1937 North Carolina Legislature created State ABC Commission
  1949 Statewide ABC Enforcement Division created
  1971 ABC officers are given full powers of arrest
  1977 Crime Control and Public Safety formed; ALE created from ABC Enforcement
  1978 Liquor-by-the-drink approved in North Carolina
  1986 Legal drinking age raised to 21
  1994 First ALE manpower increase since 1972 (13 agents) 
  2014 ALE transferred to the State Bureau of Investigation