On average, every person older than 15 in colonial America drank the equivalent of 7 shots of alcohol per day.
A study of alcohol-stealing monkeys found that they could be divided into four groups: teetotaler, social drinker (the majority who only drink with other monkeys and not before lunch), regular drinker and binge drinkers that will drink themselves into a coma or death.
Philip Seymour Hoffman had been sober for 23 years until he accepted an alcoholic beverage to celebrate the completion of The Master. This resulted in relapse, after which he started to use prescription medication. the following year he was using heroin.
In the mid 1800’s millions of American children learned in school that one taste of alcohol could lead to blindness, madness or death. And there was the possibility too, the children were told, of spontaneous combustion; just one drink of alcohol might cause their bodies to go up in flames.
48% of the world’s population aged 15 and older has never consumed alcohol.
A man was brought to the emergency room with a BAC of 0.37% though he claimed to have not consumed any alcohol all day. Yeast in his stomach was brewing alcohol out of the food he was eating.
There was a real, radium based, alcoholic drink known as the “Atomic Cocktail” that was served in missile shaped bottles. They had adverse effects after prolonged exposure, but could cure minor fevers, headaches, and depression.
If people in the top 10% for alcohol consumption were to reduce their total consumption to that of the next lowest 10% group; alcohol sales would drop by 60% in the United States.
During prohibition a jury that had heard a bootlegging case was itself put on trial after it drank the evidence. They said they did it to determine whether or not it contained alcohol.
The average British person will spend a year of their life hungover.