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Not Worth a Thread: Booze

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So, I sort of side with DC Brau here. Thhe SS brewing company should have done their research.

Actually an interesting look at how siloed the DC area is becoming, eh? (Which is a side effect of uber-gentrification.) I know exactly what Citizens was thinking -- this ain't DC, this is Silver Spring.


--- Quote ---How Bad Are Your Drinking Habits? An 18th-Century Temperance Thermometer Has the Verdict.
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So...that's exactly the same as modern medicine would say. Though the difference is that, today, "moderation" has been extended to include spirits, whereas that graph pretty much says stay away from spirits altogether.

By the way...  I recently fell down a Wiki hole reading about this guy:

Wayne Wheeler is not only the architect of prohibition (which led to the rise of organized crime, countless thousands of deaths from unregulated booze, and may arguably be a major contributing factor to pitching the world into economic collapse and creating the vacuum that would give rise to Hitler), but he prided himself on some of those facts!

Worse than prohibition itself, Wheeler urged the US government to poison industrial alcohol and make denatured alcohol. So solvents, rubbing alcohol, etc, isn't, on its own, strictly poisonous. I mean, yes, you shouldn't drink it, but when you had the unregulated booze boom during prohibition, that stuff snuck into quite a bit of the bathtub spirits that were being made.

Wheeler successfully encouraged congress to denature industrial alcohol -- strychnine and mercury were what he favored. This was NOT publicized. There were no warnings.

--- Quote ---Furthermore, stronger liquor surged in popularity because its potency made it more profitable to smuggle. To prevent bootleggers from using industrial ethyl alcohol to produce illegal beverages, the federal government ordered the poisoning of industrial alcohols. In response, bootleggers hired chemists who successfully renatured the alcohol to make it drinkable. As a response, the Treasury Department required manufacturers to add more deadly poisons, including the particularly deadly methyl alcohol. New York City medical examiners prominently opposed these policies because of the danger to human life. As many as 10,000 people died from drinking denatured alcohol before Prohibition ended.[87] New York City medical examiner Charles Norris believed the government took responsibility for murder when they knew the poison was not deterring people and they continued to poison industrial alcohol (which would be used in drinking alcohol) anyway. Norris remarked: "The government knows it is not stopping drinking by putting poison in alcohol... [Y]et it continues its poisoning processes, heedless of the fact that people determined to drink are daily absorbing that poison. Knowing this to be true, the United States government must be charged with the moral responsibility for the deaths that poisoned liquor causes, although it cannot be held legally responsible."[87]
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The number killed in 1927 alone was 10, Wiki is incorrect. Thousands died each year...and Wheeler was proud of it!

--- Quote ---At one point the Anti-Saloon League decided that the only way for people to stop drinking any alcohol drinks was to add poison to as much drinkable alcohol. Wheeler was even quoted saying "The person who drinks this industrial alcohol a deliberate suicide"
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