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Published Saturday, September 22, 18 | By PaulvHill

contributed by Ronna Fleischman Alcohol is an American tradition and a part of almost every social activity.  Two-thirds of Americans report that they consume alcohol at least occasionally.  Adults in the United States consume an average of four beverages per week, with beer being the biggest seller, according to an annual Gallup survey. Wine comes in second, followed by liquor. Alcohol is accepted by society and often associated with a good time, yet alcohol consumption and abuse is responsible for the death of over 100,000 people in the United States every year. Alcohol has always existed in America, consumed by nearly every settlement in Colonial times.  After the American Revolution, drinking was on the rise.  Early laws were created to combat drinking to excess.  The first law was made in 1619 in Virginia outlawing drunkenness rather than alcohol.  A number of societies were organized as part of a new Temperance Movement, which attempted to dissuade people from becoming intoxicated. At first, these organizations pushed moderation, but after several decades, the movement’s focus changed to complete prohibition of alcohol consumption. Read More 

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