Another fantastic episode from one of my favorite podcasts, this time about alcohol in early America:

Fun facts:

* Straight water was almost never consumed.
* One story is told of an Italian immigrant, who caused a stir at a large dinner party in Philadelphia where he asked for a glass of water
* By the time of the American Revolution, colonists were drinking 3.7 gallons of rum per person annually.
* The vast majority of apple production in the English Colonies was devoted to cider production.

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> Another huge drink was whiskey. While not as popular as rum in the Colonial period, it eventually surpassed rum as the country expanded westward.

> By 1810, there were at least 2,000 distillers in the United States. They produced over two million gallons of whiskey per year. There was so much whiskey that it sold for twenty-five cents a gallon by the 1820s, making it cheaper than beer, wine, or cider. It was even cheaper than milk, coffee, or tea.

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@raucao reminds me of the 'hardcore history' episode about alcohol and drugs, where dan Carlin argues that during most of history everybody was at least slightly drunk.

@raucao @lain 3.7 gallons of rum per person annually. That is less than half a bottle of a week, very moderate consumption.

@erm67 @lain That's average, meaning across every man, woman and child. And also it's only whiskey, not including all the other common drinks.

@raucao @lain You know that in that period in Italy and France the median average was more than 2 liters of wine daily ……

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