In the 1830s Americans drank an average of 7.1 gallons of pure alcohol per year. Early Americans took a healthful dram for breakfast, whiskey was a typical lunchtime tipple, ale accompanied supper and the day ended with a nightcap.
A Bulgarian man once landed in a hospital after being hit by a car. Breath tests indicated blood-alcohol levels so high that police thought the equipment was broken, because he remained conscious and talked with them, 5 separate lab tests confirmed he had a blood-alcohol content of .914%.
Liquor sales in Alaska aren’t allowed on Election Day until the polls close.
Nietzsche did not drink alcohol, writing that it suppresses the will to change our lives for the better.
The first alcohol-free bar in New Zealand went out of business five weeks after opening due to a lack of consumer interest. Customers that did show up often only consumed water after paying the $15 cover charge for entry.
When the US navy banned alcohol on ships in July 1914, they held one last massive party and invited ships from several nations to help drink the last of the booze. Many of the participants in the party would become enemies weeks later when WWI broke out.
Germany once refused to sell a French imported liqueur, stating public health and safety concerns that the low alcohol percentage would cause people to build up a tolerance towards alcohol.
Pope Leo XIII 1810-1902 endorsed a popular wine that had 6 to 7.2 mg of cocaine per ounce. He was purported to have carried a hipflask of it with him and he awarded a gold medal to the French chemist who concocted it.
In 1967 Canadian Club whiskey launched their “Hide A Case” ad campaign. Cases of CC were hidden in exotic locations such as Mount Kilimanjaro, Angel Falls, Mount St. Helens, and the Swiss Alps. A small number of cases, such as one hidden above the Arctic Circle have never been found.
There are still several locations in the US that ban the sale/consumption of alcohol. All dating back to the Prohibition.