Thursday, 14 September 2023

Liquid Bewitchment: Gin Drinking in England, 1700–1850

quote [ The introduction of gin to England was a delirious and deleterious affair, as tipplers reported a range of effects: loss of reason, frenzy, madness, joy, and death. With the help of prints by George Cruikshank, William Hogarth, and others, James Brown enters the architecture of intoxication — dram shops, gin halls, barbershops — exploring the spaces that catered to pleasure or evil, depending who you asked. ]

Sippin' on gin and juice, laid back
[SFW] [food & drink] [+2]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:05amGMT]


gendo666 said[1] @ 5:53am GMT on 15th Sep
This made me thirsty.

Actually, one of the first things that came to mind was the " ginny kidney" in the coroner's report on Catherine Eddowes in 1888.
The period depicted in the article seems bad - but it could arguably be said it got worse.
I suppose the recourse to *any* better sanitation improved things but Industrialisation and "Enlightenment" take a hell of a lot out of you and leave you seeking the drink.

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