Did people drink more alcohol in the 18th and 19th centuries than nowadays?
Or is that just propagated by the film industry? In these films every business deal seems to be sealed with a drink and every meeting started with one at all times of day and night, is this historically accurate or complete fiction?
- Anonymous5 months agoFavourite answer
That is true throughout history. You have to remember that they didn't have modern day mass sanitation back then like we have today. There's lots of things that live in water that can get you sick. You have to do something (boil, filter, etc.) to the water to make it safe to drink. Alcoholic drinks contained water that is already safe to drink due to the brewing / distilling process so it was usually the safer, and easier, option.