Temperance beliefs were fundamental to the temperance movement. That’s because its teachings and actions were based on them. Mary Hunt of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) had pushed for state laws requiring ant-alcohol teaching in all schools in the U.S. In addition, she had her legions of WCTU members monitoring schools to ensure compliance. […]
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- 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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The beginning of the temperance movement in the U.S. is easy to understand. The American Revolution, urbanization and other changes were associated with social and economic problems. These problems emerged along with increasing alcohol abuse. But many people believed that alcohol consumption caused these societal problems. It was in this environment that people began seeking […]
The story of drinking in early America began before the Revolutionary War and continued after it. Moderate Drinking in Early America Before the Revolutionary War Colonial Americans approved of drinking in moderation. But they condemned its abuse. They believed that “Drink is in itself a creature of God, and to be received with thankfulness.” (1) The […]
Alcohol in Colonial America began with the arrival of Europeans. Except for several nations in the Southwest, Native Americans did not have alcohol beverages before their introduction by Europeans. The Apache and Zuni drank alcoholic beverages which they produced for secular consumption. The Pima and Papago produced alcohol for religious ceremonial consumption. Although Papago consumption was […]
Why Beer is Better than Milk Beer is better than milk for promoting good health. It’s also better than than milk for reducing or maintaining weight. Not only is beer better than milk. So are wine and liquor (distilled spirits). Spirits include whiskey, rum, vodka, tequila, etc. Beer wine and spirits all have fewer calories […]
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- 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.