Category: Biography

Famous Alcoholics (You’ll be Surprised at Some of the Names!)

Anyone can be alcoholic. It’s not just the skid row wino. There are many very famous alcoholics. This list isn’t limited to famous alcoholics. It includes the infamous, rich, powerful, and influential. (By the way, be sure to check out Famous People Arrested for Drunk Driving.) It’s important to recognize the signs if we or a […]

Famous People Arrested for Drunk Driving (DWI, DUI, OWI, OUI)

Want to discover famous people arrested for drunk driving? You’ve come to the right place. But remember that being arrested does not mean guilty. Nevertheless, virtually all of the people on the list have admitted their offense or have been convicted. A few have not. And a few are awaiting judgment. The list has not […]

“Alcoholism is a Disease and I Can Cure It”: Dr. Leslie Keeley and the Keeley Institutes.

Dr. Leslie Keeley. An early proponent of the disease theory of alcoholism was Dr. Leslie Keeley. He promoted the idea in the late 1800s. Keeley is now remembered for two things. First was his assertion that “alcoholism is a disease and I can cure it.” Second was his alleged “gold cure” for alcoholism and other […]

Roy Olmstead Biography: From Police Lieutenant to Major Bootlegger

Roy Olmstead was a major and highly successful bootlegger during National Prohibition (1920-1933). Yet he began his career in a most unusual way. Olmstead joined the Seattle, Washington, Police Department in 1907. He quickly rose through the ranks and become sergeant in 1910. In 1916, Washington implemented state-wide alcohol prohibition. The next year Olmstead rose […]

Alcohol Science Pioneer: Dr. Stanton Peele, J.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Stanton Peele I. Interview Dr. Stanton Peele’s ideas have had a profound effect on the field of alcohol and drug abuse. They also have major implications for reducing substance abuse. His ideas challenge many fervently held beliefs. And they threaten the status quo. Not surprisingly, Stanton Peele’s ideas often engender hostility. Dr. Stanton Peele […]

Alcohol History Dates: Is One Your Birthday? Anniversary?

Alcohol history dates are listed for events related to drinking in the U.S. The date of your birthday or anniversary isn’t listed? No problem. Resources for identifying other alcohol history dates are at the end of the list. Enjoy! Alcohol History Dates January in Alcohol History Jan. 1, 1801. The U.S. Federal duty on distilled […]

Alcohol Licensing Policies and Alcohol-Related Crimes

Excessive drinking can contribute to social problems. These include the disruption of public order, violence, and sexual crimes. Can  local alcohol licensing policies reduce alcohol-related crimes? The Study Researchers studied the impact of local licensing restrictions on the spatial and/or temporal availability of alcohol in England. They categorized each local area according to its licensing […]

Women Prohibition Agents Made Diverse Contributions

Women Prohibition agents could be uniquely valuable. That’s because many states had laws preventing male agents from frisking or otherwise searching female suspects. And even if they didn’t, convention prohibited it. Women bootleggers would sometimes hide alcohol on themselves and taunt male agents. ”˜A painted-up doll was sitting in a corner. . . . She […]

Prohibition Leaders & Their Personalities: What Were They Like?

There were many Prohibition leaders and they all had different personalities. Biographies usually tell us when and where they were born along with their education, experience and accomplishments. But what were the Prohibition  leaders really like? Would they have been interesting to chat with over a beer (root beer, of course)? Were they approachable or […]

Jane Cakebread, ‘The Drunkennest Woman in the World.’

Jane Cakebread was a record holder in the the Olympics of Disorderly Intoxication. That dubious distinction was based on at least 281 convictions in London for drunkenness or disorderly conduct. Cakebread died in 1898 at the age of 57. At age 17 she moved to London to work as a maid. During her 40 years […]

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