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Happy 4th of July, America!

Facts about the patriots and the Declaration of Independence:Happy 4th!

  • Thomas Jefferson wrote the first draft of the Declaration of Independence in a tavern.
  • The first signer of that famous document, John Hancock, was an alcohol dealer.
  • Every signer of the Declaration of Independence drank alcoholic beverages. There was no abstainer among these American leaders.
  • George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Paul Revere and Patrick Henry. One was a major whiskey distiller, one was a bar tender, one owned a vineyard, and one was a brewer. Alcohol beverages have always been an important part of American life and culture. Curious?

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Alcohol Timelines

Alcohol and Drinking History in America Timeline

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World History of Alcohol and Drinking Timeline

This timeline presents events in the history of alcohol and drinking over the past 12,000 years. »

World History of Wine Timeline

Follow the story of wine from its beginnings to the present time. »

Temperance in America Timeline

Explore temperance in the U.S. from its early origins down to today. »

Liquor in the 17th Century: History of Distilled Spirits Timeline

Over the course of the 1600s, distilling expanded as did the demand for spirit beverages. Thus, liquor in the 17th century expanded significantly. “From the end of the sixteenth century, distilled drinks were to be found throughout the West.”1 ”While distilling industries were slow to develop, they expanded in the mid-to-late seventeenth century. The rise […]

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How Alcohol Effects Us: The Biphasic Curve

Most people think that if a few drinks make them feel good then a lot of drinks will make them feel even better. But that’s not true. Although a few drinks will make them feel better, more will make them feel worse. It’s called the biphasic effect or the biphasic effects. And it’s described with […]

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Liquor in the 16th century: History of Distilled Spirits Timeline

The development of liquor in the 16th century was slow. The production and distribution of spirits spread very gradual. Spirit drinking was still largely for medicinal purposes throughout most of the sixteenth century. It has been said of distilled alcohol that “the sixteenth century created it; the seventeenth century consolidated it; the eighteenth popularized it.”1 That’s […]

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Liquor in the 15th Century: History of Distilled Spitits Timeline

The history of liquor in the 15th century was one of gradual advance. Distilled spirit was generally flavored with juniper berries. The result was known as junever. That’s the Dutch word for “juniper.” The French changed the name to genievre. The English changed to “geneva.” They then modified it to “gin.”2 Russians liked their grain spirit […]

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Earliest History of Liquor: Distilled Spirits Timeline for the World

  The earliest history of liquor (distilled spirits) is shrouded in mystery. Considerable disagreement exists over who first developed distillation. The same is true about when and where it occurred. Origins It’s been suggested that distillation may have originated in Mesopotamia 2,000 years BC. The purpose would have been to produce perfumes and aromatics. However, […]

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Alcohol Facts:

  • The alcohol contents of a regular beer, glass of dinner wine and shot of whiskey or other distilled spirit (80 proof) are all the same. This is alcohol equivalence.
  • The U.S. government reports that moderate consumption of alcohol (beer, wine or distilled spirits) improves health and increases longevity.
  • Parents have great influence over the choices their children make about alcohol now and in the future.
  • Drinking alcohol by students in U.S. middle and high schools has declined to its lowest level in the 36 years that the federal government has surveyed the subject.
  • Distilled spirits (whiskey, brandy, rum, tequila, gin, etc.) contain no carbohydrates, no fats of any kind, and no cholesterol. Get the nutrition facts.
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