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Thread #127746   Message #2854638
Posted By: Rapparee
02-Mar-10 - 09:40 PM
Thread Name: Should drink pitchers be required for folk venues
Subject: RE: Should drink pitchers be required for folk venues
Drink was everywhere in early America. "Liquor at that time," recalled the Massachusetts carpenter Elbridge Boyden, "was used as commonly as the food we ate." Americans drank in enormous quantities. Their yearly consumption at the time of the Revolution has been estimated at the equivalent of three-and-a-half gallons of pure, two-hundred proof alcohol for each person. After 1790 American men began to drink even more. By the late 1820s imbibing had risen to an all-time high of almost four gallons per capita. (From ushistory.org)

Remember, that's gallons of pure alcohol, in its undiluted form. And it wasn't limited just to the men -- women and children were also involved.