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TEETOTALER’S Edition [Thought Chuck]

By 1830 the average American over age 15 drank the equivalent of 88 bottles of whiskey every year, three times the amount of their 21st Century descendants.

featured image credit: “The Pocket Pistol” (i.e., a flask of whiskey), illustration from “A Peep at Washoe” by J. Ross Browne, in Harper’s Monthly Magazine, December 1860. This would be while in California en route to the Washoe Valley in what is now Nevada (then the Utah Territory).