While we think of the Founding Fathers and Founding Mothers as prim and proper, the truth may be that our Colonial ancestors “swam in a sea of booze from breakfast till bedtime,” according to Serious Eats.
“Whether they were working, writing, selling goods, getting married, or even fighting, early Americans were often tipsy — their incessant drinking a cultural extension of Old World beliefs that fermented beverages were safer than water. The Colonial Era day didn’t begin until after a dram of bitters or stiffener of beer.”
In fact, by the time the Revolutionary War began, the adults of the 13 Colonies reportedly drank the equivalent of several shots every day.
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Sources: Serious Eats