- Utah and Idaho would date from their settlement by whites--the Mormon church frowns on alcohol.
- Wisconsin presumably dates back to the German immigrants who settled there with their beer, among whom were some of my maternal ancestors.
- but how about the South? Their current dryness is accounted for by evangelical religion. I'm not sure when that developed--George Whitefield did evangelical work in the 1740's. I don't remember that he was particularly teetotal. Did dryness develop along with the progress of evangelical religion?
- and how about the North? Evangelical religion, the second Great Awakening, was perhaps more powerful in the North during the early 19th century. I'm thinking Prohibition saw a contest between the immigrant wets, the Germans with their beer, Italians et.al. with their wine, etc. against the WASPy religious types. With the end of Prohibition the immigrants had won.
Saturday, December 24, 2016
Historical Drinking Patterns
A piece here on current drinking patterns: New England and Wisconsin the heaviest, northern Midwest and Northwest states next, the evangelical South, Utah, and Idaho the least. There's a note that the patterns don't change rapidly, but the only data is 21st century. I wonder about the origins: