In Daniel Okrent’s book, Last Call, the author sheds some light onto just how much our forefathers imbibed. For example, in 1830 it is estimated that on average, Americans consumed 18 gallons of alcohol each year. That is about 90 fifths of liquor. Think about that. An “average” person drank nearly two bottles of whiskey per week. And not everyone drank.
What else can you do when there is no NFL? Or maybe the water was that dirty? Just as a comparison, Americans seem drink around 22 gallons of milk each year today.